Fernald, Austin, PFC

Air Defense Artillery (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Private First Class
Current/Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Current/Last Primary MOS
601-Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Crewman
Current/Last MOS Group
Air Defense Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 400th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
Previously Held MOS
527-Antiaircraft Range Section NCO
845-Gun Crewman, Heavy Artillery
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Private First Class


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Three Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Army Military Police Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 

Military Police Artillery Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
Post 381Chapter 2929Post 7347, Yucaipa Valley PostChapter 12
WW II Memorial National Registry
  1949, American Legion, Post 381 (Member) (Los Angeles, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1992, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 2929 (Member) (Redlands, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1992, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7347, Yucaipa Valley Post (National President) (Yucaipa, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2001, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 12 (Member) (San Bernardino, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2003, WW II Memorial National Registry


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WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
Start Year
1943
End Year
1943

Description
(Sicily Campaign 9 July to 17 August 1943) In preparation for the invasion of Sicily the Allies captured the islands in the Sicilian strait, with aerial bombardment forcing the capitulation of Pantelleria on 11 June 1943. By that time Allied air power had begun the attack on Sicily by bombing defenses and airfields. The invasion itself got under way on the night of 9/10 July with airborne landings that were followed the next day by an amphibious assault. The enemy offered strong resistance, but the Allies had superiority in the air and soon had planes operating from Sicilian bases to support Montgomery’s Eighth Army and Patton’s Seventh.

Interdictory operations against communications in Italy and between Italy and Sicily convinced the enemy that it would be impossible to move strong reinforcements. By 17 August 1943 the Allies were in possession of the island, but they had not been able to prevent a German evacuation across the Strait of Messina.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Oct 18, 2009
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
Last Aug.-2008, the History Television channel came to my house, to interview me on what I saw, and did during the invasion of Sicily under Gen George S. Patton. Part of my interview is in the Patton #360 series, #3 Episode, Baptism Of Blood. Television Show.


Memories
I was with the 400th. AAA AW BATTALION, Battery "C" ,2nd. Patoon , Gun number # 6. My Gun was A 40 MM. AA Gun. We we were attached to the 45th. Division,3rd.Battalion of the 180th.Infantry. I was in the assault landing.

   
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  281 Also There at This Battle:
  • Angileri, Joseph, T/Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Badyl, Kenneth
  • Bailey, Doug, PFC, (1940-1945)
  • Bush, William Douglas, 1LT, (1942-1951)
  • Caffey, Eugene Mead, MG, (1918-1956)
  • Canham, John, MAJ, (1934-1945)
  • Corey, Orris W., T/4, (1941-1945)
  • Dixon, James, CPT, (1942-1945)
  • Eatman, Harold Lee, 1st Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • England, Joe, S/Sgt, (1948-1951)
  • Finklea, Lawrence, Cpl, (1940-1949)
  • Golab, Edward
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