After Action Reports for September - December 1944 and Other Accounts

The following monthly After Action Reports cover the period from when the 267th landed on the beach in Normandy France and through the Lorraine Campaign.  During this period the Battalion fired 240mm Howitzers in support of Third Army infantry and armored units.  After Action Reports ended when the Battalion was ordered to cease as an artillery unit and to have its men come under the command of the Third Army Provost Marshall.  

Contents:

- After Action Reports for the months of September, October, November and December, 1944

- Christmas card sent by Charles Asztalos to his parents on 25 November 1944

- 313 FAB After Action Report on Pozit Fuse Demonstration December 1944

- Link to Provost Marshal, Third Army After Action Reports for January to May 1945 267th FAB actions 

- Excerpt from Report on Battery A Accident 25 May 1957

After Action Report for the Month of September 1944

Completed 20 November 1944

After Action Report for the Month of September 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of October 1944, Prepared 20 November 1944

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944

Prepared 1 December 1944

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of November 1944 (continued)

Christmas Card Sent by Charles Asztalos to his Parents

On 25 November 1944 Charles wrote a  Christmas card to his parents, Karoly and Bertha: "Dear Mother and Father, I am hoping this card finds you and dad in the best of health.  I also received your letter you wrote Nov 8th.  I received Mary and Mr. Glowa packages and I am going to write to them letting them know it.  I am feeling fine and I didn't have time to write you sooner.  Give my best regards to everybody at home and please do not worry about me.  Love Son Charlie"

After Action Report for the Month of December 1944

Prpared 1 January 1945

After Action Report for the Month of December 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of December 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of December 1944 (continued)

After Action Report for the Month of December 1944 (continued)

7 and 8 December 1944, the Battalion participated in one of the greatest artillery advances of World War II.  In World War I and World War II, up to this point, both sides lacked a reliable fuse to deliver air burst explosions.  These types of blasts are used to deliver anti-personnel bombardment.  The Army formed a dedicated team of researchers and electrical engineers to tackle the problem and the result was the Pozit fuse, or VT (variable time) fuse.  This new Top Secret fuse was a device which exploded automatically by magnetic attraction when it come within approximately 30 feet of either the ground or metal objects.  With the new fuse ready to enter into battle, the Third Army set up a demonstration for its top brass and artillery leadership.  One 240mm gun from Battery A was given the honor to demonstrate the Pozit.  It traveled 155 miles south to Audincourt France, near the Swiss border.  There the 267th artillerymen, along with others from the 313th, 974th (155mm Howitzers) and 741st (8in Howitzers) field artillery battalions acquainted others on the use and characteristics of the new device.   All batteries were registered and fired several rounds with Pozit fuses.  The results were very successful.  On December 9, the demonstration was performed for the XII Corps, including General Patton who mentioned the Pozit in his private diary referring to it as "...that funny fuse."  

General Order 114, 7 December 1945 Awarding Ardennes Battle Participation

General Order 116, 11 December 1945 Awarding Central Europe Battle Participation

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General Order 116, 11 December 1945 Awarding Central Europe Battle Participation

General Order 116, 11 December 1945 Awarding Central Europe Battle Participation

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734th FAB Unit Journal 31Jan45

Fr PM Def Sec: On or about 11200Feb45 you will be relieved from guarding PT and T Bldg Metz by Btry C 267 FABN: http://xxcorps.org/734thFA/

734th FAB Unit Journal 2/10/1945

Maj Heenon, 267 FA arrived for instruction in operation of PW Camp

734th FAB Unit Journal 25Feb45

734 FA Det relieved of assignment at PWE 13 by Det fr 267 FA BN

Station List and Strength Report Jan-Feb 1945

27 January 1945

3 February 1945

10 February 1945

19 February 1945

24 February 1945

Station List and Strength Report March 1945

3 March 1945

10 March 1945

17 March 1945

24 March 1945

31 March 1945

Station List and Strength Report April 1945

8 April 1945

14 April 1945

21 April 1945

28 April 1945

Station List and Strength Report May 1945

5 May 1945

19 May 1945

26 May 1945

Station List and Strength Report June 45

2 June 1945

9 June 1945

16 June 1945

Provost Marshal, Third Army After Action Report, 1 August 1944-9 May 1945

From December 1944 until the end of the war , actions of the 267th FAB are found in the Provost Marshal, Third Army After Action Reports.  The Provost Marshal section is Section 19 of "After action report, 1 August 1944-9 May 1945, Volume II / Third US Army" 

From January until May actions are found under the Security Subsection reports.  The May POW Section also reports on the 267th.  The link to the report is: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015025016612;view=1up;seq=545;size=300

 

Major D. G. Wood, left, Executive Officer of the 267th AFA Bn and Lt. Col. William L. Goddard, right, Commanding Officer of the Battalion, hold the colors from the 200th AFA Bn which has been retired to the Pennsylvania National Guard. In the background are the colors of the new battalion, the 267th which replaces the 200th. 8 March 1955

Left to right: Lt. James W. Smith, Hq Btry CO; Lt. Thomas Weber, Svc Btry CO; Capt. Edward R. Ritenbaugh, C Btry CO; Lt. William L. Albright B Btry CO; Lt. Frank Davis Jr, A Btry; and Lt. Col. William L. Goddard, Bn CO, 267th AFA Bn, stand in front of new colors as the 267th AFA Bn replaces the 200th AFA Bn at Fort Sill Okla. The 200th AFA Bn has been retired to the Pennsylvania National Guard. 8 March 1955

267th AFAB Cold War History

12 May 1956

267th AFAB Cold War History Page 2

12 May 1956

267th AFAB Attached to 36th FAG

13 April 1956

267th AFAB Attached to 7th Army

21 May 1956

267th AFAB Designated Superior Unit

2 October 1957

Battery A Accident 25 May 1957

Excerpt from a Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in No. Little Rock, decision for PTSD benefits (Decision Date: 02/19/02, Archive Date: 02/25/02, DOCKET NO.  94-33 835, Citation Nr: 0201650
 
"The Board notes that the only item of evidence which arguably provides corroboration for the claimed stressor is a copy of a morning report dated May 25, 1957, from Battery A, 267th Armored Field Artillery Battalion which indicates that two servicemen where killed and another wounded when there was a malfunction or explosion of a howitzer breech block. It was stated that the permanent station was Babenhausen Germany, and the present station was Grafenwohr, Germany. The names of the 3 serviceman listed in the morning report were different than the names of the 8 serviceman previously provided by the veteran." 

https://www.va.gov/vetapp02/files01/0201650.txt