"A" Btry, 26st Field Artillery
Historical Missions
"Courage And Action"

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 Early Years, 1916

The 26th Field Artillery was organized in August 1918 at Camp McClellan, Alabama. The regiment served within the continental limits of the United States during World War I and was demobilized on February 9th, 1919 at Camp McClellan, Alabama. In 1923, the 26th Field Artillery was reconstituted as an inactive unit of the Regular Army and allotted to the Fourth Corps Area.

World War II European Theater 1941 - 1945

26th FA In Normandy, France - 1944
On 01 August 1940, the Regiment was reactivated at Fort Bragg, Norh Carolina. Regiment reorganized and redesignated 26th Field Artillery Battalion and remained an element of 9th Infantry Divisio, First Army. On 01 October 1940, the three battalions of the 26th Field Artillery were re-designated as three separate battalions under the Commanding General, Ninth Division Artillery, and the old first battalion then became the 26th Field Artillery Battalion.

Equipped with towed 105-millimeter howitzers, the Battalion participated in the Carolina Maneuvers (supported the 39th Infantry) during October and November 1941. Following the maneuvers, the Battalion underwent amphibious training under Amphibious Corps, Atlantic Fleet (later redesignated Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic).

In September, the unit deployed to the Europen/Africian Theater of Operations and and on 08 November 1942, participated in the Invasion of North Africa (as an element of Regimental Combat Team 39). Moving into and through the Mediterrenean Sea, landed in Sicily 15 July 1943 (D-Day + 5). Following their return to England on 27 November 1943, the next major mission undertaken was re-equipping , training and staging for their 09 June 1944 (D-Day + 3) landing in France.

Korean War 1950 - 1951

Vietnam War 1965 - 1972

Iraqi Freedom - I 2003

Iraqi Freedom - IV 2006 - 2008

Iraqi Freedom - VI 2008 - 2010

Iraqi Draw Down 2009 - 2010

Operation "New Dawn" 2010 - 2011

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