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Shoulder patches: The men of the 82nd wore the shoulder patch shown above. The Patch Page displays all the patches we have been able to obtain of this and other chemical mortar battalions.
Motto: POST NUBILA VICTORIA (After the Clouds, Victory)
Memorial: When the Army closed Fort McClellan, Alabama, on September 15, 1999, all six (2nd, 3rd, 81st, 83rd, 86th, 91st) chemical mortar battalion monuments were moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, along with other Chemical Corps monuments including that of the 1st Gas Regiment. The monuments are now emplaced in a Memorial Park at Leonard Wood near the Chemical Corps Museum there, and two more have been added in recent years: the 82nd and 84th CMBs. See photos of all memorial monuments at FLW.
Activated: 25 Apr 1942 as 82nd Chemical Bn Motorized at Fort Bliss, TX
25 Apr 1942 - 8 Mar 1943 Ft. Bliss, TX
10 Mar 1943 - 25 Apr 1943 Louisiana Maneuver Area, Cp. Polk, LA
26 Apr 1943 - 12 Jun 1943 Cp Swift, TX
Redesignated: 16 Mar 1945 as 82nd Chemical Mortar Bn
Inactivated: 20 May 1947 in Japan
Overseas: Arrived SFPE 27 Jun 1943, New Caledonia 19 Jul 1943, Guadalcanal 3 Nov 1943, Bougainville 15 Jan 1944, Philippines 9 Jan 1945
Campaigns: Northern Solomons, Bismarck Archipelago, Luzon (with arrowhead)
Citations: Phillippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945
Number of men killed in action: 16
Number of men wounded in action: 139
Number of days in combat:
Number of rounds fired: 205,024
History and other published items
- Fire, Smoke and Steel, a history of the 82nd Cml Mortar Bn, by Jack Butler
- The Jungle Fighting Battalion by Jack Butler
- An Alcove in the Heart, WWII letters of Sidney Diamond to Estelle Spero. The book, by Estelle Spero Lynch, is available either by purchase of the paperback or download in PDF format. Contact the author Estelle Spero Lynch to order. 1st Lt Sidney Diamond, platoon leader in Co C, 82nd CMB, was KIA on Luzon.
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