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29th Field Artillery

World War II
War Stories

CPT John C Ausland
John C. Ausland

John C. Ausland was a former officer in the 29th Field Artillery during World War II. Over the years he wrote a series of articles about the war, and ultimately writing a book entitled "Letters Home: A War Memoir". These encompass his experiences, feelings, and opinions. These articles are transcribed on this web site, for you to read. They are compelling, and clarify moments in our history which will soon be lost in time. We all grow old, our memories dim with age, and this becomes our legacy!


A Soldier Remembers Utah Beach
(published June 6, 1984)

Back to Places Where Many Died
(published August 1, 1992)

Cruel and Now Forgotten,
Like an Unmarked Grave

(published April 29, 1993)

From the Beaches to the Seine:
Surprise, Sacrifice and Some Good Luck

(published June 1, 1994)

At That Moment in Paris
We Were the finest of All

(published August 25, 1994)

Waiting Angrily for the War to End
(published August 11, 1995)


The following story links are on different web sites:


Letters Home: A War Memoir
(Copyright 1993)
This is a "defunct link, with invalid email addresses" and may not last much longer !

When They Split Berlin,
Washington Was Asleep

(published November 14, 1989)


The following stories are our most recent submissions:


Irv Smolens
Irving Smolens

B Bty, 29th FA Bn - D-Day and Beyond...!
(by Irving Smolens, former B Bty, 29th FA, WW2)


Reflections of a Gun Crewmember
(by Irving Smolens, former B Bty, 29th FA, WW2)


29th Artillery Battalion Played
Big Role In Fourth Div. Actions

(Published in the July 1945 USTS Hermitage Newspaper, WW2)


COL Joel F. Thomason
COL Joel F. Thomason

Biography and Memories of D-Day
(by COL Joel F. Thomason, former Bn Cdr, 29th FA, WW2)


Peter Russo
Peter N. Russo

The Great Pinochle Game!
(by Peter N. Russo, former C Bty & B Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

Joan Blondell!
(by Peter N. Russo, former C Bty & B Bty, 29th FA, WW2)



Bill Cole
William G. Cole

Glenn Warren's Memories and Mine!
(by Bill Cole, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

Memory Fragments From A Strange Two Days In Combat
(by Bill Cole, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

A Shared Close Call
(by Bill Cole, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)



J.K.Lester
John K. Lester

I Served In The 4th ID During WW2!
(by John K. Lester, former B Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

Random Thoughts From World War II!
(by John K. Lester, former B Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

Memories Of Huertgen Forest - WWII!
(by John K. Lester, former B Bty, 29th FA, WW2)



Jack Cunningham
Jack Cunningham

The Ultimate Results of a Trip Through The Maze
of Army Training and Personnel Decisions

(by Jack Cunningham, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

Tennessee Maneuvers
(by Jack Cunningham, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

A Short Break From Combat, WWII, France
A Unique Way To A Chicken Dinner For The Battery

(by Jack Cunningham, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

Paris, France - August 25, 1944
Uninterupted Duty Status Surrounded
By A Street Celebration

(by Jack Cunningham, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)

Our Observation Post In Luxembourg
During The Battle Of The Bulge

(by Jack Cunningham, former C Bty, 29th FA, WW2)



Note: If you wish your WWII story posted here, email it to me!


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