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The 242nd Field Artillery Battalion of WWII was formed and began basic training at Camp White, Oregon in August of 1942, then on to the snows of the 9th Corp Field Artillery Firing Range at Yakama, Washington over the winter.  In March of 1943 the Battalion was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where they spent over a year honing their skills, and training OCS candidates.       By May of 1944 they were ready. They sailed for Europe July 2nd,1944.

Follow these mostly farm boys from the Midwest as they go from Selective Service callup in '42  to the battlefields of Europe and back home again in December of '45.

"Serving the Pieces" is a true account of this journey written by Edward Walsh of Seward, Nebraska, truck driver, machine gunner, liason agent, Corporal, A Battery.  A photographic trip through the great war accompanies the text.


Ed Walsh wrote this account in the early 1990's.  He corresponded with many of the old outfit by email and regular mail.  He enjoyed helping the younger generation locate military records of their departed loved ones who neglected to leave a paper trail! Continue with excerpts from his account of the 242nd Field Artillery Battalion of WWII by following the list at the left. 

NEW! 3RD EDITION SERVING THE PIECES WITH ALL NEW CD CONTENT Ed's 242nd Research and 242nd artifacts. Available online at Infinity contains Camp newspapers, Reunion lists, photos, training schedules etc.

NEW!  For your Nook or Kindle - SERVING THE PIECES eBook! Visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble online. And! - Serving the PIeces 3rd Edition with ALL NEW CD!      

NEW FEATURE! Click on Gallery (Upper Right) More 242nd Historical Info!!  Please contact us ( if you would like to share verifiable 242nd photos in the Gallery with others. Currently adding Fort Sill News 1943.

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