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 (116)

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Order to report (ddr-densho-22-88)
doc Order to report (ddr-densho-22-88)
Clarence Matsumura's order to report for a preinduction physical
Clarence Matsumura in Germany (ddr-densho-22-95)
img Clarence Matsumura in Germany (ddr-densho-22-95)
Caption on reverse: "Pfc. Clarence Matsumura / Just relaxing in the snow / Aschelding, Germany / May 1, 1945 / Photo by: Nobuo Takamori."
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers departing (ddr-densho-22-65)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers departing (ddr-densho-22-65)
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."
Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-134)
img Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-134)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated Dachau death march prisoners near the town of Waakirchen. Here they try to find the prisoners shelter.
Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-138)
img Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-138)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated Dachau death march prisoners near the town of Waakirchen.
Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-137)
img Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-137)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated Dachau death march prisoners near the town of Waakirchen.
522nd Field Artillery Battalion sign in Donauworth (ddr-densho-22-74)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion sign in Donauworth (ddr-densho-22-74)
Caption in album: "Yes as we were here in Donauworth patrolling and cleaning up we were cleaning up what war had made. Not too unexpected had come the news that V-J Victory-Japan had come shortly after the hard fought V-E Victory-Europe day had come. We felt an excitement quite unexplainable but we worked as usuable [sic] …
Certificate of honorable discharge (ddr-densho-22-92)
img Certificate of honorable discharge (ddr-densho-22-92)
Clarence Matsumura's certificate of honorable discharge from the Army.
Instructions for reporting (ddr-densho-22-91)
doc Instructions for reporting (ddr-densho-22-91)
"Instructions for enlisted men granted delay enroute prior to reporting to AGF Replacement Depot No. 1, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland."
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