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82nd AIRBORNE BATTERY "B" 456th AIRBORNE ARTILLERY GROUPING

82nd AIRBORNE BATTERY "B" 456th AIRBORNE ARTILLERY GROUPING

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  • Model: 3589
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs

DESCRIPTION

This is a grouping belonging to Private Joseph J. Catuara. He was a memner of the Artillery Battery "B" 456th Airborne F A Battalion.

The War Department authorized the creation of the first test parachute artillery battery in February 1942. After the officer and enlisted men chosen qualified as paratroopers, the Parachute Test Battery under the command of Lieutenant Joseph Harris began developing a system to airdrop artillery guns and artillery men behind enemy lines to provide close support fire for infantry units. During the Summer of 1942 they perfected this system which involved disassembling into 9 bundles a 75-millimeter Pack howitzer and air dropping the weapon out of the door or from the bottom of a C-47. With persistent training the 75-mm Pack howitzer could be reassemble in 30 minutes.

Private Catuara completed basic airborne training at Fort Bragg on May 1952. He was awarded the parachutist badge, and National Defense Service medal.

He exited active service on November 13, 1953.

Honorably discharged on February 20, 1960. A certificate was mailed to him. Original envelope is present. Exit letter written and signed by Major General Joseph P. Cleland.

The grouping includes the following:

  • 1) Photograph of the soldier wearing the paratrooper helmet.
  • 2) DD-214 document (original and copy).
  • 3) Korean war veteran's compensation act.
  • 4) Honorably discharged document with mailing envelope.
  • 5) Transfer orders.
  • 6) Letter of separation from active duty.

    All items are in very good condition.


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