Grade Sgt. Service FA Component-AUS Organization: Btry C 460th Prcht FA BN Communications Chief 542 Battles & Campaigns: Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Ardennes Rhineland.
I don't know the lingo and can't figure out if unit was the 82nd or 101st. ============================== As inferred below, the 460th PFAB was a separate organization.
In May 44 the 460th was grouped with other combat ready elements and constituted the 517th Regimental Combat Team and sent to Italy
It's first overseas assignment was to Italy arriving on the last day in May 44.By that time the 82nd was ALREADY back in England preparing for Normandy.The 101st never went to Italy--having shipped directly to England from the US.So his first assignment was with NEITHER 82nd or 101st.
The 517th RCT and the 460th wwere attached to the 36th Infantry Division which was under IV Corps.Other separate airborne elements left in Italy (509, 550, 551 etc) were attached at different levels throughout elements of 5th and 7th Army.
As LFT will tell you--the war didn't end in Italy until MAY 45--so just because the 82nd wasn't there doesn't mean the war was over and troops were sitting on the beach sunning themselves! 460 was actively involved in combat in Italy until tasked for DRAGOON.
On 2 JUL 44 the Combined Chiefs of Staff issued a directive to the CINC Mediterranean to go ahead with Operation: DRAGOON on 15 August. As a by-product of this directive the 517th RCT was released from IV Corps and moved to join the First Airborne Task Force (FATF) in the Rome area.This would encompass the SOUTHERN FRANCE aspect shown on his discharge.
517th RCT (including 460 PFAB)Southern France campaign was terminated on November 17, 1944. On December 6th the RCT moved from La Colle to entrain at Antibes for movement to Soissons, France, and assignment to XVIII Airborne Corps. The first two trains arrived at Soissons on December 9th.
All elements of the RCT were quartered in Soissons by December l0th.
Every American airborne unit in Europe was now part of General Matthew B. Ridgway's XVIII Airborne Corps. This included the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions just back from Holland and the 517th and other separate units up from the Mediterranean. Additionally, the 17th Airborne Division was now in England and was scheduled to come across to France in the near future.
During the night of December 15-16 the German army launched its last great offensive of World War II, striking with three armies against weak American positions in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg.
Movement orders came for the 517th RCT on December 21st. One Battery of the 460th and a platoon of the 596th Engineers were attached to each rifle battalion for movement.This would constitute the reference to ARDENNES on his discharge.
Follow up actions would be designated as RHINELAND.
Don't forget that 460th was part of 517th RCT--so be sure to check their history as well.Don't concern yourself with the DIVISIONAL association that the RCTs are found under.They were only ATTACHED--seldom ASSIGNED.So in a general sense, the shoulder patch he wore for the bulk of his overseas time (France/Germany) would have been XVIII (18th) Airborne Corp. (The dragon head patch)You will see that 460 was briefly attached to 82nd...but as with other units was never administratively assigned to them.
Of course if you do a micro history of every outfit the 460th was attached to you could create one heck of a display case showcasing his time in the service!
The 517th has a very active veteran's association.