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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Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Volturno Line
Start Year
1943
End Year
1943

Description
The Volturno Line (also known as the Viktor Line) was a German defensive position in Italy during World War II. The line ran from Termoli in the east, along the Biferno River through the Apennine Mountains to the Volturno River in the west. BEFORE DAWN ON THE MORNING OF 13 OCTOBER 1943, American and British assault troops of the Fifth Army waded the rain-swollen Volturno River in the face of withering fire from German riflemen and machine gunners dug in along the northern bank. Water-soaked and chilled to the bone, our troops fought their way through enemy machine-gun pits and fox holes to establish a firm bridgehead. This crossing of the Volturno opened the second phase of the Allied campaign in Italy. Five weeks earlier the Fifth Army had landed on the hostile beaches of the Gulf of Salerno. Now it was attacking a well-defended river line. Along the Volturno the Germans had entrenched themselves in the first good defensive position north of Naples. At Salerno they had fought for each foot of sand and counterattacked repeatedly, but after our beachhead was secure, they had carried out an orderly withdrawal. Under pressure from the Fifth Army, commanded by Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark, their rearguards had relinquished the great port of Naples with its surrounding airfields, providing us with the base necessary for large-scale operations west of the rugged Apennine mountain range, backbone of the Italian peninsula. East of the Apennines the British Eighth Army, under General (now Field Marshal) Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, had reached the mouth of the Biferno River during the first week of October. The Eighth and Fifth Armies now held a line across the peninsula running south from Torre Petacciato on the Adriatic Sea for some sixty-five miles, then west to a point on the Tyrrhenian Sea just south of the Volturno. Along this line of rivers and mountains the Germans clearly intended to make a stubborn stand, hoping to delay, perhaps to stop the northward advance.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Sep 13, 2010
   
Personal Memories

Memories
I remember all the rain, and mud at the Volturno river crossing.

   
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  12 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Bernholz, Charles H., T/5, (1942-1945)
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