Yank's new gun and crew, just as it was fired.
Ron and Vince Gilligan both remark that they received excellent fire support from a particular very large Howitzer battery. This is a photo of one of the guns. The largest field artillery we used in the Korean War were 240-mm howitzers, authorized by General Clark in two
Battalions when theater stocks of heavy ammo was in danger of
being depleted. (Congress had only authorized producton of
replacement ammo in early 1951 and it took about a year and a
half to get it produced.) Normally, our heaviest artillery were the 8-in
(203 mm) and 155 mm hows. I'm not actually sure if these 240-mm units were
actually deployed, but they probably were, and this battery may well have been one.
"Bert, There was an American artillery unit supporting us after Maryangsang, I
can just recall that they were about 2ks behind us when we were entrenched
on hill 355.(Little Gibraltar) I think they may have been 155mm and they
called themselves "The Persuaders." They were great support to us and I have
been trying to find out the actual name of that unit.
Thanks also for the (above) info on the long
toms. I can verify that if we ever needed close arty support, that
battery, whoever they were,were spot on.
Vince Gilligan, 09/08/01"