|"Caissons Go Rolling Along"|
Composed by 1st Lt. Edmund L. Gruber - 1908|
Synthesized by Diversified Software Research
|1st Bn, 21st Field Artillery With First M102 Howitzers in Vietnam - March 1966|
When directed, the 1st Battalion of the 21st Field Artillery deploys to a designated contingency area of operations, conducts Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration (RSO&I) and on order plans, and coordinates for and synchronizes the use of all direct and indirect fires in support of combat operations.
United States Artillery can be traced back to the Military Company of Massachusetts, which was chartered in 1638, and with other colonial artillery companies formed what became the Continental Artillery. More than a century later, in April 1775, the legislature authorized the formation of an artillery regiment. This unit was first commanded by Colonel Richard Gridley, a former British artillery officer who later was replaced by Colonel Henry Knox. Colonel Knox eventually became the Chief of Artillery and is credited with shaping artillery tactics for the remainder of the Revolution.
From the historical battlefields of Yorktown and Gettysburg, through the Western Plains, Mexican and Spanish American Wars, the artillery was always there. In fact, the nickname, "Redlegs", comes from that era when artillery uniforms had a 2-inch red stripe on their trousers and horse artillery men wore red canvas leggings. Continuing through the modern days of the European and Asian Theaters of WWII, the Pusan Perimeter in Korea, the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, to the "Steel Rain" of Desert Storm, "Redlegs" have served with distinction and valor in all of our country's armed conflicts.
The roots of the 21st Field Artillery can be traced back to 01 July 1916 when it was constituted in the Regular Army and organized at Camp Wilson, Texas on 01 June 1917. It was assigned to the 5th Division in 1917 and saw action in France during World War I. On 01 June 1918, the regiment sailed from Halifax on the U.S. "Burma", arrived in France on 19 June and proceeded to Valdahon (Doube) to continue its training. The unit remained at Valdahon until 29 July and two days later joined up with the 5th Division in the St. Die Sector (Lorraine).
To Be continued ...............
This folio of material highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the 21nd Field Artillery, whose actions, operations and the many critical issues resolved over its 96+ years history to meet the changing threat and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:
The search action will open the "first-team.us WebSite - R&S Scout Report", which displays a listing of WebSite Titles and HTML Summaries that contain the specific search term(s) of interest. To review any that best depicts a match of your search term(s), "Click" on the WebSite Title to open a New Window. After the WebSite is fully loaded, use the browser [EDIT/Find] Tool Button to locate the search term within the page. After reviewing, close the New Window to return to the listing of WebSites.
If this is your first review of the Outpost of the 1st Cavalry Division and its Subordinate Units, you may want to record your own report on your findings during your visit, or perhaps you may want to review the log entries of other visitors.
To report on your findings,
"click" on the "Report-In"
Index Tab of the Troop Log.
To review entries of others,
"Click"on the "View Entries"
Index Tab of the Troop Log.
As you journey through the history of the 1st Cavalry Division and its assigned elements, you may find it interesting enough to send a message to your friends and extend them an invitation for the opportunity to review the rich history of the Division. We have made it easy for you to do. All that is required is for you to click on the Push Button below, fill in their eMail addresses and send.
|The TITLE and URL of this WebSite are automatically read, formatted and entered into your standard eMail form.|
Note - The eMail Message is processed and transmitted On-Line to the
addressee(s) via your Internet Provider.|
Need a gift for an Alumni of the 1st Cavalry Division?
eMail Your WebSite Comments.
Return to "MyOwnPages"©.
Revised 21 Nov '12 SpellChecked