This was a non-divisional unit, meaning that it was assigned to other units (infantry or armored) on an when-needed, where-needed basis.
The 697th FA BN was activated 23 Feb 43, at Fort Bragg, NC; departed Hampton Roads, VA, P/E, 24 Dec 43; arrived North Africa, 12 Jan 44; (NOTE: unit was not in combat in NA.) arrived Italy, 22 July 44;* (NOTE: short stay here, enroute to invasion of France); arrived France-ETO, 28 July 44; arrived Hampton Roads PE, 27 Oct 45.
(* NOTE: here a bit of confusion reigns, for there are no engagements listed for the 697th in Italy. You see the (?) after "Company C.", which suggests to me that he was in some other unit prior to his service with the 697th FA BN.
"Company" is a typical infantry unit, whereas "Battery" is unique to a FA unit.)
Ardennes-Alsace, 16 Dec 44 / 24 Jan 45 Central Europe, 22 Mar 45 / 11 May 45 Normandy, 6 June 44 / 24 July 44 Northern France, 25 July 44 / 14 Sept 44 Rhineland, 15 Sept 44 / 11 May 45.
I have no casualty information.
Sorry, but this is about all that I can come up with related to the 697th FA BN. Like I suggest above, he probably waswith another unit prior to this one, which would be more compatable with his having participated in the ROME-ARNO and NORTH APENNINES campaigns.