(above insignia)472nd GFAB
Silver Star Recipients
Sgt Michael J Bernstein
T/4 John J Krzysko
The 472nd Glider Field Artillery Battalion
he cadre for the 472nd Field Artillery was constituted on 15 October 1921 in the Organized Reserves as the 1st Battalion, 472nd Field Artillery and allotted to the Second Corps Area. The unit was then organized on March 1922 in New York with Headquarters at Buffalo. Eventually it was assigned to the 98th Division on 12 July 1929.
Ordered into active military service, less personnel, the 472nd was organized 1 August 1942 at Camp Gordon, Georgia. The following year on 1 March 1943, it was organized and redesignated the 472nd Field Artillery Battalion. The unit was later redesignated as the 472nd Glider Field Artillery Battalion and assigned to the 11th Airborne Division.
In early March 1945 the 11th Airborne's mission was to clear southern Luzon as part of XIV Corps southeastern drive through the Lipa Corridor. The 457th PFAB reinforced by the 472nd GFAB would directly support the
188th GIR in the area southwest of Manila at Ternate. A month-long war of attrition was waged against the innumerable well-camouflaged cave postions throughout this sector. In April the Battalion was involved in action around Mts.Macolod and
Malepunyo. The 11th Airborne spent the next few weeks mopping up resistance throughout the southern areas of Luzon.
The 472nd GFAB along with the rest of the 11th Airborne Division moved from Luzon to
Okinawa in the early part of August, 1945 to spearhead the occupation of Japan by escorting General Douglas MacArthur into that country.
( Source: "
The Angels: A History of the 11th Airborne Division" by Lt Gen E. M. Flanagan Jr. USA (Ret.))
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