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Activated: 9 Feb 1944 as 92nd Chemical Bn Motorized at Brockley Combe, England
Training: 9 Feb 1944 - 17 Jun 1944 England
Redesignated: 15 Dec 1944 as 92nd Chemical Mortar Bn
Inactivated: 27 Oct 1945 at Camp San Luis Obispo, CA
Overseas: Arrived in France-ETO 27 Jun 1944 from England (see "Activated" above)
Campaigns: Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland
Number of men killed in action: 42
Number of men wounded in action: 132
Number of days in combat:
Number of rounds fired: 149,502
Lt Randall H. Nelson and
two unidentified members of a mortar squad
in the 92nd Cml Mortar Bn
Letter from Halbert Moller, veteran of the 92nd
This letter was written by Halbert Moller to his friend, Borge Christensen, on September 15, 1984. The letter states that the 92nd was in the D-Day (6 June 1944) landing on Normandy Beach.
The thoroughly researched book, World War II Order of Battle by Shelby L. Stanton, indicates that the 92nd arrived in France on 27 June 1944. Additionally, from Kleber, Brooks E. and Birdsell, Dale. The Technical Services The Chemical Warfare Service: Chemicals in Combat. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, 1990, 467, "Although not involved in D-day operations, the 92d Chemical Battalion soon participated in the Normandy fighting."
If you can shed light on Mr. Moller's recollections please contact me HERE..
I landed on the Normandy coast with the 92nd Chemical Battalion Motorized. We were attached to the 1st Division at that time. We were what was called a bastard battalion. That means that we were First Army troops for rations, supplies and records but were assigned to other units for tactical purposes.
We landed on the beach at 3:30 PM on June 6, at a place called Omaha Easy Red. We fired our 4.2 mortars from the beach for about one hour. At that time there was a road bull dozed up the hill. We loaded up our equipment and went inland about 3/4 mile and set up and started firing at targets called in from rifle companies. As I remember, we had a beachhead of about two miles inland by dark. Early the next morning a German counter attack was beaten back and we advanced about half a mile that day.
Carol [Mrs. Halbert Moller] and I visited the beach in Normandy this summer while in France. Remnants of the road were still there. Walking from the monument towards the beach there is a lookout station over looking the beach. That's exactly where the road was dozed up the hill! The story of the 1st Division at the landing is our story. Two weeks after the invasion we were assigned to the 30th Division. We stayed with the 30th all the way to the German border and into Germany near Julich which is on the Roer river.
Photo courtesy of Diana Smith
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