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Silver Star Recipients
Pvt George N Binnix
Pvt Robert J Chapman
2/Lt David L Hart











Bronze Star Recipients
Pfc Edward Asbury
Pvt George N Binnix
Captain Hubert Stewart(2)




The 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion
Memories


Capt. Hubert C Stewart, M.D

Diary entry for 10 October 1943

The decontamination squad had commenced the 9th and was spraying the quarters with a lime slurry which was later washed off. At 0900 there was a terrific blast which turned out to be in the 504th P. Inf. Area. Either a time bomb or booby trap had exploded destroying over 1/3 of a huge barracks building. A call was sent out for all available Medical Personnel to report for duty. Lt. Angel and myself were the first outside M.O.s on the scene and we went to work. The damage was terrific and some of the bodies were horribly mangled. There were between 45 and 50 wounded and some 27 known dead with over 30 missing. Digging out survivors was a ticklish hair-raising job watching to be certain that a fresh cave in wouldn't catch you too. The victims were mostly engineers. All those working were really to be commended for they worked hard and seemed to be without fear. A gasoline dump adjacent to the building also caught fire which added to the hazards.


Diary entry for 27 October 1943

While moving, a 21/2 ton truck loaded with some 7 clusters of ammunition and 25 or 30 men made a wrong turn. The driver was driving as he stood on the running board and failed to see he was on the wrong side of the road. It slipped over a low bank into the ditch on the left side of the road.

The driver, Pvt. Wm. Travis (319th F.A. Bn) S/Sgt Leo Georges and T/4th Edgar McCord were pinned under the truck and ammo. They called me out of the column and I went to the scene of the accident. Most men were thrown clear but they were still removing men pinned in the truck by ammo. clusters. I examined the men complaining of injuries but found nothing more serious than bruises & contusions. We had to entirely unload the truck, attach the ambulance to it and pull the truck upright to get the 3 bodies out. They were quite dead, all 3 bodies piled on top of one another and ammo clusters on them.

S/Sgt. Georges & Pvt. Travis appeared to have died of internal chest & possibly spinal injuries, however, their features were unmarked. However T/4th McCord had caught several ammo clusters around the head and face so that his features were battered and his neck was apparently fractured. We wrapped them in blankets and placed them near the trucks. Had some difficulty in convincing some men their friends were really dead. Put them to work to keep them from thinking and after much trouble arrived at the new position near Pietromalara, Italy, about daybreak. Got together the scattered Med. Det. and set up an Aid Station 150 yds from "B" Btry.

That afternoon, while working a cross-word puzzle, a time burst hit about 30 yds above ground some 50 yds from the Aid Stat. I heard it coming & was almost in my slit trench when it went off. I was not particularly scared until I heard the cry "Medics" and my men fanned out to see what was the trouble. I was much relieved to see them bringing in Cpl. (Pvt?) Fuller with a very small wound in the scalp above the rt. eye. However, the call for "Medics" went on and as Lt. Angel was taking care of Fuller I went to see what the call was for. I found 4 of my men over a man in a fox hole and at once on seeing him, I knew he was either dead or nearly so. It was T/4th Frank Hammond and he was lying on his back in his slit trench in a pool of blood. We lifted him out and rolled him over while waiting for the litter and cut his shirt. The wound was a small jagged penetrating wound some 1 by inches about 3 inches to the left of the spine and about the level of the 6th or 7thrib. He only gasped once or twice and was dead. He had been digging his trench deeper and had apparently been hit in the back and rolled over. He was covered with a blanket and placed near the Aid Station. A total of 4 deaths during the day.

Bn. fired 3 missions of 518 rounds of H.E.





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Annussek, Greg Hitler's Raid to Save Mussolini: The Most Infamous Commando Operation of World War II. Sept 1, 2005, Da Capo Press, 353 pp. ISBN: 0306813963
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Blair, Jr, Clay Ridgway's Paratroopers: The American Airborne in WW II. New York: Doubleday, 1985 588 p. ISBN: 0385278888
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Breuer, William B  They Jumped at Midnight Jove Publishing, (P) c1990 ISBN: 0515104256
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Carter, Ross S  Those Devils in Baggy Pants  Buccaneer Books, Reprint,1996 ISBN: 0899666132
Crutchfield, Winston S  Pathfinder: A conversation with Buck Hilton and other historical documents about Native American veterans  CreateSpace, 180 pp, Aug 2009 ISBN: 1448679559
D'Este, Carlo  Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life 880 pp Owl Books (May, 2003) ISBN: 0805056874
D'Este, Carlo  Patton: A Genius for War 1024 pp ISBN: 0060927623
D'Este, Carlo & John S.D.Eisenhower  World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942-1945 (Major Battles & Campaigns) 272 pp Algonquin Books (July, 1990) ISBN: 0945575041
De Trez, Michel  American Paratrooper Helmets: Mediterranean & European Theater of Operations  June, 2010, Histoire & Collections, 272 p. ISBN: 2352501415
De Trez, Michel  American Warriors: Pictorial History of the American Paratroopers Prior to Normandy  July, 1998, D-Day Pub, 212 p. ISBN: 2960017609
De Trez, Michel  Cpl Forrest Guth: E Company 506 PIR 101st Airborne Division (WW II American Paratroopers Portrait Series)  March, 2002, D-Day Pub, 56 p. ISBN: 296001765X
De Trez, Michel  Orange is the Color of the Day: Pictorial History of the American Paratroopers in the Invasion of Holland April, 2004, D-Day Pub, 506 p. ISBN: 2960017633
De Trez, Michel  At the Point of No Return : Pictorial History of the American Paratroopers in the Invasion of Normandy 7/98, D-Day Pub, 200 p. ISBN: 2960017617
Devlin, Gerard S  Paratrooper! St Martin's Press, (P) c1976 ISBN: 0312596529
Falerios, Kenton J.  Give Me Something I Can't Do: The History of the 82nd Military Police Company, WW 1 to Iraq Nov 2007, Authorhouse, 192 p ISBN: 1434337197
Gavin, James M.  On to Berlin : Battles of an Airborne Commander, 1943-1946 ISBN: 0670525170
Hove, Duane T American Warriors: Five Presidents in the Pacific Theater of WW II Burd Street Press (Oct 2003) 224 pp.  ISBN: 1572493070
Keegan, John The Second World War Penguin (P), 708 p. ISBN: 014011341X
Kershaw, Alex The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon Da Capo Press, 288 pp November 30, 2004 ISBN: 0306813041
MacDonald, Charles B  A Time For Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge Wm Morrow & Co (P), 720 p. ISBN: 068151574
Megallas , James All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe 336p., Presidio Press, March, 2003. ISBN: 0891417842
Messina , Phillip Anzio: Song of Destiny A.G.Halldin Publishing Company, 1992. ISBN: 0 935 64838 0
Nigl, Dr Alfred J & Charles A Nigl  Silent Wings - Savage Death Santa Ana, CA: Graphic Publishing, Dec 3,2007. 288 p. ISBN: 1882824318
Nordyke , Phil All American All the Way: Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II Zenith Press, April 2005. 880 pgs ISBN: 0760322015
Nordyke , Phil The All Americans in World War II: A Photographic History of the 82nd Airborne Division at War Zenith Press, May 2006. 192 pgs ISBN: 0760326177
Nordyke , Phil Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II Zenith Press, November 2006. 480 pgs ISBN: 0760326649
Ospital, John  We Wore Jump Boots and Baggy Pants Willow House, 1977. 118 p. ISBN: 0912450150
Ruggero, Ed  Combat Jump: The Young Men who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July, 1943  HarperCollins, 10/21/2003. 388 p. ISBN: 0060088753
Ryan, Cornelius  A Bridge Too Far 670p. ISBN: 0684803305
Turnbull, Peter I Maintain The Right: The 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion in WW II Authorhouse, Oct 31,2005. 204 p. ISBN: 1420871447
Wildman, John B All Americans 82nd Airborne. Meadowlands Militaria, 6/83 ISBN:091 208 1007
The Center of Military History The War in the Mediterranean: A WWII Pictorial History Brasseys, Inc., 465 p. ISBN:1574881302

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