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


Five Service Stripes



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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Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)/Battle of Monte Cassino
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome.

At the beginning of 1944, the western half of the Winter Line was being anchored by Germans holding the Rapido, Liri, and Garigliano valleys and some of the surrounding peaks and ridges. Together, these features formed the Gustav Line. Monte Cassino, a historic hilltop abbey founded in AD 529 by Benedict of Nursia, dominated the nearby town of Cassino and the entrances to the Liri and Rapido valleys, but had been left unoccupied by the German defenders. The Germans had, however, manned some positions set into the steep slopes below the abbey's walls.

Fearing that the abbey did form part of the Germans' defensive line, primarily as a lookout post, the Allies sanctioned its bombing on 15 February and American bombers proceeded to drop 1,400 tons of bombs onto it.[6] The destruction and rubble left by the bombing raid now provided better protection from aerial and artillery attacks, so, two days later, German paratroopers took up positions in the abbey's ruins. Between 17 January and 18 May, Monte Cassino and the Gustav defences were assaulted four times by Allied troops, the last involving twenty divisions attacking along a twenty-mile front. The German defenders were finally driven from their positions, but at a high cost.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Oct 13, 2009
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Was combat wounded at Mount cassino, Italy Oct,-23-1943. Received the Purple Heart Metal.Was wounded in the right shoulder.Evacuated to the 95th. Evacuation Hospital In Italy.

   
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  28 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Carratelli, Horace, 1st Sgt, (1941-1945)
  • Maxwell, Robert, Cpl, (1942-1945)
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