522nd Field Artillery Battalion

The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was known for its outstanding firing speed and accuracy. Many of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion men had backgrounds in science and engineering. They needed strong mathematical skills to calculate target distance, gun range, gun angle, and powder strength. In 1945, the 522nd was sent separately to Germany to pursue the hastily retreating German troops. They unknowingly stumbled into the sub-camps of the infamous Dachau death camp and helped to free survivors.

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522nd Field Artillery Battalion at the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-131)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion at the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-131)
Soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion posing at Hitler's retreat near Berchtesgaden, known as the Eagle's Nest in English and Kehlsteinhaus in German.
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers at Berghof (ddr-densho-22-450)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers at Berghof (ddr-densho-22-450)
Berghof was Adolf Hitler's retreat above Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps.
522nd Field Artillery Battalion at the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-132)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion at the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-132)
Soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion posing at Hitler's retreat near Berchtesgaden, known as the Eagle's Nest in English and Kehlsteinhaus in German.
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers departing (ddr-densho-22-66)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers departing (ddr-densho-22-66)
Caption in album: "522nd FA Bn. Donauworth / As all good things must, end came by the point system the old timers made a departure for a well deserved home and a discharge. The new reinforcements and all the law pointers were."
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers looking out from the interior of the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-133)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers looking out from the interior of the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-133)
Soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion posing at Hitler's retreat near Berchtesgaden, known as the Eagle's Nest in English and Kehlsteinhaus in German.
Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-139)
img Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-139)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated Dachau death march prisoners near the town of Waakirchen.
Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-136)
img Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-136)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated Dachau death march prisoners near the town of Waakirchen. George Oiye on the left.
George Oiye building a fire for survivors of the Dachau death march. (ddr-densho-22-135)
img George Oiye building a fire for survivors of the Dachau death march. (ddr-densho-22-135)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated Dachau death march prisoners near the town of Waakirchen.
View down a street in Germany (ddr-densho-22-78)
img View down a street in Germany (ddr-densho-22-78)
Caption in album: "Volunteers please / Just prior to V-J day came a survey of Volunteers was made for the Camp Savage (later Fort Snelling) language school for men to ship to go to school and on to Japan to fight. Here the two above photos show as the volunteers were made ready to leave for …
Article from The Jerusalem Post (ddr-densho-22-10)
doc Article from The Jerusalem Post (ddr-densho-22-10)
Article published in the Jerusalem Post. In 1992, a reunion was held in Jerusalem, Israel which brought together soldiers from the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion and the people they liberated from Dachau concentration camp. There are a few errors in this article. First, the correct designation is the 522nd, not the 526th, Field Artillery Battalion, Second, …
522nd soldiers with captured German soldiers (ddr-densho-22-107)
img 522nd soldiers with captured German soldiers (ddr-densho-22-107)
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers collecting the belongings of German Waffen-SS soldiers.
Certificate of fitness (ddr-densho-22-89)
doc Certificate of fitness (ddr-densho-22-89)
Clarence Matsumura's certificate of fitness for induction into the Army.
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