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photo courtesy of John Schwartz, grandson of a soldier who served with the Fifth

This photo is courtesy of John Schwartz, grandson of a soldier who served with the Fifth

This is the unit history of a unique organization, a military experiment. These men fought, bled, and died to keep America free. They have been called “the greatest generation”. Read this, in their own words, and judge for yourself. This history is scanned from the original text. Any errors are mine. Any quaint phrasings are from the text.


Introduction

While the band played a stirring march, the 5th Field Artillery Group passed in review for the sixteen veterans, all members of the Group and its battalions, who had just been decorated with the Silver Star by Lieutenant General GEORGE S. PATTON, JR. The United States Army’s outstanding tactical commander had paid high tribute to the officers and men of the Group for the superior manner in which they, individually and as a unit, had accomplished the difficult tasks assigned them. The date was 17 September 1943, shortly after the close of the Sicilian campaign. The officers and men of the Group were already seasoned veterans of two campaigns, the Tunisian and Sicilian, having supported every division thus far committed by the United States Army in the Middle East Theatre, and the First French Provisional Army.