PFC Ludwick H.
460th Parachute Field Artillery
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I was inducted April 22, 1943 at Camp Blanding
(Florida). Almost immediately after qualifying for Paratroop training I was
sent directly to Toccoa, Georgia. I do not recall any actual INFANTRY
training at Toccoa. All I recall is that they were trying to separate those
from those who could and those who couldn't. So I did not receive a combat
infantry badge or infantry parachute designation.
I do not have the first clue as to why I was shipped out
to Mackall to become a part of the 460th Parachute Artillery Battalion. I
remained with the 460th throughout my stay at Mackall, on to Tennessee
Maneuvers, then back to McCall with the 517th PRCT consisting of: three BTNs
of Infantry, one company of Engineers, and the 460th, which had one HQs and
one HQ Service Battery, and four Gun Batteries (which consisted of four 75 mm
Packhausers in each Gun Battery named Able, Baker, Charlie and Dog).
My oversea duty began with the Rome-Arno Campaign
Southern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. I was wounded
September 11, 1944 near the French fortress city of Sospel. On September 14,
1944 at the 2-51 ST-EVAC hospital where I received the Purple Heart. My
service record indicates that I received the ATO, the EAMETO medal, good
conduct medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. I honestly can only remember the
Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. Only the good Lord knows where they are.
My service records indicates that departed for the ETO
on May 17, 1944. On another note I was a radio operator with spec # 7740. I
rose to the rank of Battery Commander's radio operator which should have been
two stripes but I continually refused rank and remained a PFC throughout the
Lucky Hiers, Airborne