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Info on 383rd Anti-Aircraft Battalion

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  1. csurugbyhooker

    csurugbyhooker recruit

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    Good Day-

    My grandfather, from Cleveland, OH., was in the Pacific with the U.S. Army during WWII (from '43-'45) and was a member of the 383rd Anti-Aircraft, Anti-Pillbox, Anti-Personnel Battalion. From what I gathered, I think his battalion was part of the 37th Division(?). He informed me that he fought in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines (by way of Texas and California). I've tried using the internet to find out everything I could about his battalion, but there's not a lot of information on his specific battalion.

    I'm hoping somebody can provide more information on the 383rd Anti-Aircraft battalion to me; Specifically, I'm looking for the insignia of the 383rd , but any and all info provided will be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
     
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    383rd AAA Auto-Weapons Battalion (Semimobile)

    AAA=Anti-Aircraft Artillery.

    Formed 10 Jan 1943 at Fort Bliss, Texas as a coast artillery battalion. Redesignated AAA 30 Apr 1943 Disbanded 30 Jun 1946 in Japan

    Departed Portland SubPort of Embarkation 23 Mar 1944
    Moved to New Guinea 21 Apr 1944
    Moved to Philippines 13 Mar 1945

    Credited with Letye and New Guinea Campaigns.

    They probably were firing the larger AA guns, possibly the 90mm.

    Finding much on this unit is going to be tough, at best. I am willing to suspect that they probably were attached to the 37th Infantry Division for only a portion of their overseas service, and they were on the Phililppines at about the same time. However, I would suspect that they wore the patch of the Corps or Army that commanded them and not that of the 37th ID, since they were not part of the division TO&E*. The AAA 383rd was most likely assigned to a Corps or Army initially, then seconded to the division when needed, then withdrawn when the need passed. The Army was most likely the US 6th Army and the Corps, the XIV Corps, but I cannot tell you which one exactly.

    *Table of Organization and Elements.
     
  3. Jackie Womack

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    We have a reunion every year in Ohio. It will be at the Wright-Patterson ariforce base this year from 7/31-8/2. If the attachments didn't come through, e-mail me, and I'll try again.
     
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    Jackie, what are you trying to post and can I help you with it?
     
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    Hello guys,

    My grandfather was in the 383rd as well, his name is Edwin Ackerman. If anyone has ANYTHING they can post, I have been looking as well.

    Jackie, if you have any info on the reunion, I would love to hear more.

    Also, to the original poster, I have a book on the 383rd which I am working on turning into a digital file... Just shoot me a note and I will get you a copy.


    Best Regards,
    Josh
     
  6. menga

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    My father served with the 383rd. I have their unit history. Please e-mail me at mhaller@exoracon.com ... I will scan whatever you want.
     
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    My father was in the 383rd. His name was Ed Burkett. I have a unit history that was his. There is a picture of a mosquito holding an aa shell while in flight. I believe that this was their insignia.
     
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    Eddie. Many thanks to your father for his service.

    Please post anything you feel lead to post. We'd like to see it.
     
  9. LibertyUnites

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    Hello, I've recently started looking for more information regarding my grandfather's service in the Pacific as well. He is also from Ohio (Columbus) and his last name is Montenaro. I have a picture (which I'll include) of a sign bearing the 383's name somewhere in that theater. Note the aforementioned mosquito logo.

    View attachment 14889

    I am just now trying to glean as much info as possible from the pictures I have, and anything pertaining to the 383d I'll post here.
     

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    eddie1, I would really appreciate any info you have on the 383rd! I also have some pics and info I will be happy to share. Please email me what you can @ audraed@yahoo.com. THANK YOU SO MUCH
     
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    In fact, I would appreciate ANY ONE'S information on the 383rd. as soon as I figure out how to upload, I have a pic of their banner with the listings of the places they went that my Dad wrote on the bottom.
     
  12. belasar

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    Do you have your image on your computer?

    If so click on the "Go Advanced" button and it will bring up a new window. Scroll down until you see "manage attachments' button and click on it then follow instructions.
     
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    View attachment 18498 my Dad listed the places he traveled with the 383rd at the bottom of the banner. I have deciphered all but three listings. hope this helps someone out there.
     

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    thanks Belasar!
     
  15. TD-Tommy776

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    Units of this type are sometimes difficult to research. There isn't much on line, but it does seem that a history was published in 1950. It was titled:

    The Hot Loop: A history of the 383rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion

    I found it listed in the holdings at the Brown University Library. You may want to have your local library do a search to see if they can track down a copy for you. It may be a long shot, but it is worth a try.
     
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    I can't really read the flag. What are the listings you have deciphered? Where was your grandfather at various times?
     
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    If you could get a better photo of the bottom of the banner, we might be able to help you figure out the ones you haven't been able to decipher.
     
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    I have asked for a copy of the book "The Hot Loop" from the library but they say I have to go through my local library to make the request. My wife's uncle is mentioned in the book on pages 54 and 98. Sgt William F Fish. He died on September 25, 1944 and we have been searching for years for information regarding his service. Unfortunately, my wife is now the only surviving member of the family. Any information anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. Bill
     
  20. Natman

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    Welcome, Bill. Yes, you will need to take the book title info in Post #15, above, to your local library and ask them to get the book for you. I've had good luck with this in the past, usually takes 1-2 weeks for it to arrive. You can then check it out from your library just like any other book.

    I did find William's headstone application which indicates he was in Battery C. You may know this already?
     

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