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Nickname: The Lobster (the battalion's code name in Europe)
Newsletter: The Lobster
Association: 86th Chemical Mortar Bn Memorial Assoc
Coordinator: Harold Matson, failed email contact Jan 2017
Contact: George Murray, Adjutant
Address: 818 West 62nd St, Anniston, AL 36206 Phone: 256-820-4415 E-mail:through his daughter Georgia Murray Putzer
Membership: 180 (as of 8 Jan 1999)
2012: Nashville, Tennessee, May 15 - Final Reunion 2010: Nashville, Tennessee, April 14-18 2009: Nashville, Tennessee 2008: Nashville, Tennessee 2007: Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, April 11-15 2006: Chattanooga, Tennessee 2002: Biloxi, Mississippi, April 14-18 2001: San Antonio, Texas 2000: Jykell Island, Georgia, March 15-18 1999: Scheduled for Jykell Island, Georgia, September 15-19, cancelled by Hurricane Floyd 1998: Springfield, Missouri, April 29
Memorial: The Battalion had placed a memorial monument to its men at Fort McClellan, Alabama. The Army closed that post on September 15, 1999, and 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. See photos of all memorial monuments at FLW.
Activated: 17 May 1943 as 86th Chemical Bn Motorized at Camp Swift, TX
Training: 17 May 1943 - 11 Apr 1944 Cp Swift, TX
Redesignated: 15 Feb 1945 as 86th Chemical Mortar Bn
Inactivated: 1 Nov 1946 at Camp Campbell, KY
Overseas: Arrived NYPE 19 Apr 1944, England 26 Apr 1944, France-ETO 30 Jun 1944; returned NYPE 10 Jul 1945. See note below.
Campaigns: Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland
Number of men killed in action: 40
Number of days in combat: 315
Number of rounds fired: 152,257
Note: The battalion departed New York aboard the New Amsterdam, arrived in Scotland 25 Apr 1944, moved by train to Port Sunlight, Cheshire, received two months training, and sailed for France on 29 Jun 1944. The unit was in Bischofteinitz, Czechoslovakia, at war's end, departed there for Le Havre, France (Camp Lucky Strike), on 13 Jun 1945, and sailed for the U.S. aboard the SS Sea Pike on 1 Jul 1945. After 30 days leave, personnel reported to Camp Campbell, KY, for further training and deployment to the Pacific theater on 1 Oct 1945. With the Japanese surrender, the battalion's redeployment orders were canceled and the unit was inactivated.
Companies A & C - Streamer in the colors of the Belgian Croix de Guerre embroidered Ardennes
Companies B & C - Distinguished Unit Streamer embroidered Hurtgen Forest
Company C - Streamer in the colors of the Belgian Croix de Guerre embroidered Elsenborn Crest,and the Belgian Fourragere in the colors of the Belgian Croix de Guerre
History and other published items
- History of the 86th Cml Mortar Bn - United States Army, "The 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion presents its battle history" (1946).World War Regimental Histories. Book 83.
- History of the 86th Cml Mortar Bn - United States Army, "The 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion presents its battle history" (1946).World War Regimental Histories. Book 83.http://digicom.bpl.lib.me.us/ww_reg_his/83 PDF file with pictures and maps
- Private Art, not a website about visual art but one that is about Arthur Pranger, a soldier who served in Co A of the 86th Cml Mortar Bn. There are accounts he has written in recent years about that service, and there are also reproductions of personal letters to and from him during WWII.
- Co C in the Battle of the Bulgeby Harold Fischgrund, from the Bulge Bugle
- Louisiana Soldier: Willis A. Fontenot: 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion, WWII by Dianne Dempsey-Legnon
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