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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
 
Type
Artillery Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Inactivated
Year
1918 - 2014

Description
The 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States) nicknamed the Straight Arrows—was a field artillery battalion in the United States Army. The Regimental motto is Festina Lente ("Make Haste, Slowly").
 
Active
  • 1918–19
  • 1933–46
  • 1959–70
  • 1996–2014
Country United States
Branch Regular Army
Type Field artillery
Role Direct support
Size Battalion
Part of 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
Garrison/HQ Inactivated at Fort Carson, CO. Previously Fort Hood, TX.
Nickname(s) Straight Arrows
Patron St. Barbara
Motto(s) Festina lente
("Make Haste Slowly")
Weapon system M109A6 155MM Paladin self propelled howitzer
Engagements World War I
World War II
Vietnam War
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
 
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for LUXEMBOURG
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered LUXEMBOURG
(42nd Field Artillery Battalion cited; WD GO 30, 1946)

Belgian Fourragère 1940 (42nd Field Artillery Battalion cited; DA GO 43, 1950)

*Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in BELGIUM

*Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the ARDENNES

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966-1969

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1969-1970


Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1966-1969

Army Superior Unit Award for successful participation in the Army's Advanced Warfighting Experiment; March 1997 (DA GO 0125 June 2001)


Valorous Unit Award for service in Iraq during Operation Red Dawn (Capture of Saddam Hussein) (DA GO 2009-11 16 December 2009)

Valorous Unit Award for service in Iraq (OIF 07-09) (DA GO 2010-16-3 September 2010)

Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in Iraq (PO 208-26, 27 July 2009)

Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in Afghanistan (OEF 10-11) (PO 202-15, 21 July 2011)

Battery A additionally entitled to:

Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for DAK TO DISTRICT

Valorous Unit Award for DUC LAP

Battery B additionally entitled to:

Valorous Unit Award for PLEIKU PROVINCE

Valorous Unit Award for CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Battery C additionally entitled to:

Valorous Unit Award for KONTUM


 


Reports To
Field Artillery Units
 
Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Unit
None
 
122 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abbatiello, Ralph, SPC, (2000-2004)
  • Adams, Mark, LTC, (1992-2008)
  • Alvayero, Isaac, SSG, (1998-Present)
  • Aquino, Jorge, SFC, (1994-Present)
  • Attebery, Darren, MSG, (1985-2012)
  • Bahl, Alan, MSG, (1958-1979)
  • Baker, Robert, SSG, (1968-1970)
  • Bennett, Travis, SFC, (1986-2006)
  • Bermea, Sergio, MSG, (1991-Present)
  • Bledsoe, Andre, SGT, (1999-2007)
  • Britton, Donald, SPC, (1989-2002)
  • Britton, Robert, CPT, (1992-2009)
  • Brown, Larry, SP 5, (1968-1969)
  • Burt, Christopher, SFC, (1983-2004)
  • Byus, David, SGT, (2000-Present)
  • Camacho, Jaime, SGT, (2001-2006)
  • Cantu, Demetrio, SSG, (1990-2012)
  • Carpenter, Steve, MAJ, (1992-Present)
  • Castro, Surama, SSG, (1999-Present)
  • Charleswalters, Hugh, MAJ, (1990-2016)
  • Clark, Nick, SPC, (1998-2012)
  • Copas, Nathan, CPL, (2000-2009)
  • Crabill, David, SSG, (1996-Present)
  • Cutsinger, Abe, 1SG, (1982-2002)
  • Darkins Sr., Charles, SPC, (1986-2011)
  • Davenport, Bill, COL, (1990-Present)
  • Dawson, Donald, PFC, (1969-1971)
  • Dilmore, Dennis, SSG, (1986-2013)
  • Dixon, Ned, SPC, (2002-2007)
  • Eldridge, Samuel, PV1, (1966-1969)
  • Elliot, Damion, SSG, (1990-2009)
  • Fowler, Ron, SP 5, (1968-1970)
  • Galindo, Nohe, CPL, (1997-2005)
  • Ganaban, Erwin, SP 4, (2005-2008)
  • Garfield, John, SFC, (1990-2010)
  • Garza, Mario, SSG, (1997-2009)
  • Gauble, Lance, SSG, (1968-1970)
  • George, Stacey, SSG, (2000-2013)
  • Graham, Brian, S/Sgt, (1992-Present)
  • Grimsley, Jarrett, SSG, (1996-2016)
 

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Associations
 
Unit History
  • Summary (Aug 19, 2020)
    World War I Constituted on 5 July 1918 in the National Army as Battery D, 42nd Field Artillery, an ...
 
Battle/Operations History
 
Unit News and Information
Inactivation (Aug 19, 2020) 

The battalion was de-activated by the Army along with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry regiment on 17 March 2014 at Fort Carson, Colorado. The colors of the unit were cased and sent to the Army Center of Military History.


 
 
Unit Timeline
Operations, Lineage, Awards, & Casualties
OIF I operations Operation Planet X (15 May 2003) Operation Peninsula Strike (9 June 2003 - 12 June 2003) Operation Desert Scorpion (15 June 2003 - 29 June 2003) Operation Sidewinder (29 June 2003 ... More
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2020
Summary
World War I Constituted on 5 July 1918 in the National Army as Battery D, 42nd Field Artillery, an element of the 14th Division. It was organized on 10 August 1918 at Camp Custer, Michigan. Serving i ... More
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2020
OEF-Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
2012: Strategic Agreement
Taliban attacks continued at the same rate as they did in 2011, remaining around 28,000 Taliban "enemy initiated" attacks.

Reformation of the ... More
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2011 - 2014
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
"Operation Enduring Freedom" (OEF) is the current official name used by the U.S. government for the War in Afghanistan, together with a number of smaller military actions, under the umbrella ... More
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2001 - 2014
OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009-11)
In public statements U.S. officials had previously praised Pakistan's military effort against militants during its offensive in South Waziristan in November 2009. Karzai started peace talks with Haqqa ... More
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2009 - 2011
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services for at least six continuous months during a period of military operat ... More
Description
for service in Afghanistan (OEF 10-11) (PO 202-15, 21 July 2011)
2010
OIF/Iraqi Sovereignty (2009-10)
During 2008 and 2009, all non-U.S. foreign forces withdrew from Iraq. Withdrawal of all non-U.S. forces was complete by 31 July 2009. As of 1 January 2009, the Iraqi government became fully responsibl ... More
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2009 - 2010
Valorous Unit Award
Criteria
The Valorous Unit Award may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States; while engaged in military oper ... More
Description
for service in Iraq (OIF 07-09) (DA GO 2010â??16â??3 September 2010)
2008
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services for at least six continuous months during a period of military operat ... More
Description
for service in Iraq (PO 208-26, 27 July 2009)
2008
OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
In the context of the Iraq War, the surge refers to United States President George W. Bush's 2007 increase in the number of American troops in order to provide security to Baghdad and Al Anbar Provinc ... More
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2007 - 2008
OIF/National Resolution (2005-07)
Elections for a new Iraqi National Assembly were held under the new constitution on 15 December 2005. This election used a proportional system, with approximately 25% of the seats required to be fille ... More
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2005 - 2007
OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
Upon assuming the post of chief executive of the CPA in May 2003, L. Paul Bremer also assumed the title of U.S. Presidential Envoy and Administrator in Iraq. He was frequently called Ambassador by num ... More
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2003 - 2004
Valorous Unit Award
Criteria
The Valorous Unit Award may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States; while engaged in military oper ... More
Description
for service in Iraq during Operation Red Dawn (Capture of Saddam Hussein) (DA GO 2009â??11 16 December 2003
2003
OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)
The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 19 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the conflict that later came to be known as the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United ... More
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2003 - 2003
Army Superior Unit Award
Criteria
The Superior Unit Award may be awarded during peacetime for outstanding meritorious performance of a difficult and challenging mission carried out under extraordinary circumstances. The unit must disp ... More
Description
successful participation in the Army's Advanced Warfighting Experiment; March 1997 (DA GO 0125 June 2001)
2001
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 30 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most signifi ... More
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1970 - 1971
Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
This campaign was from 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970. An increase in enemy-initiated attacks, at the highest level since 4-5 September signaled the start of the first phase of the Communist winter ... More
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1969 - 1970
Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
This campaign was from 1 May to 30 June 1970. This campaign was mainly concerned with the Allied incursion into Cambodia, codenamed Operation ROCK CRUSHER. As American withdrawal from South Vietnam pr ... More
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1970 - 1970
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
This campaign was from 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969. In November 1968 the South Vietnam government with American support began a concentrated effort to expand security in the countryside. This ... More
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1968 - 1969
Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
This campaign was from 23 February to 8 June 1969. From Tet 1969 through the month of June, the enemy again tried to sustain an offensive. His inability to do so can be largely attributed to aggressi ... More
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1969 - 1969
Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
This campaign was from 9 June to 31 October 1969. During the summer and fall of 1969, conduct of operations was increasingly turned over to Vietnamese, US troops withdrew in greater numbers amid reaff ... More
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1969 - 1969
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
This campaign was from 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968.The conflict in South Vietnam remains basically unchanged. As Operation JUNCTION CITY ended, elements of the U.S. 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions, ... More
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1967 - 1968
Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 2 April to 30 June 1968. During this period friendly forces conducted a number of battalion-size attritional operations against the enemy.

Operations PEGASUS-Lam ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 1 July to 1 November 1968. During this period a country-wide effort was begun to restore government control of territory lost to the enemy since the Tet offensive. The enemy att ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Criteria
The unit citation of the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was awarded certain units by the Vietnamese government for meritorious service during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1974.
1967
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
This campaign was from 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of political ... More
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1966 - 1967
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout ... More
Description
The Battalion served as part of the 4th Infantry Division through 11 campaigns in Vietnam, arriving in August 1966 as a towed 105mm howitzer battalion to render direct support to the 4th's 2nd Brigade ... More
1966
Army Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Description
(Army), Streamer embroidered LUXEMBOURG (42nd Field Artillery Battalion cited; WD GO 30, 1946)
1945
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
(Ardennes Alsace Campaign 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945) During their offensive in the Ardennes the Germans drove into Belgium and Luxembourg, creating a great bulge in the line. For some time ... More
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1944 - 1945
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
(Rhineland Campaign 15 September 1944 to 21 March 1945) Attempting to outflank the Siegfried Line, the Allies tried an airborne attack on Holland on 17 September 1944. But the operation failed, and th ... More
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1944 - 1945
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
(Central Europe Campaign 22 March to 11 May 1945) Following the Battle of the Bulge the Allies had pushed through to the Rhine. On 22 March 1945 they began their assault across the river, and by I Apr ... More
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1945 - 1945
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
(Normandy Campaign 6 June to 24 July 1944) Early on D-Day airborne troops landed in France to gain control of strategic areas. Aerial and naval bombardment followed. Then the invasion fleet, covered b ... More
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1944 - 1944
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)
(Northern France Campaign 25 July to 14 September 1944) Bombardment along a five-mile stretch of the German line enabled the Allies to break through on 25 July. While some armored forces drove southwa ... More
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1944 - 1944
World War I
The United States of America declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917. The U.S. was an independent power and did not officially join the Allies. It closely cooperated with them militarily bu ... More
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1917 - 1918
 
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