453rd Anti Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion


pictureWelcome to the 453rd AAA AW Bn. documents section

On this page documents related 453rd Anti-Aircraft Arty (Automatic Weapons) Battalion documents can be downloaded in the PDF format. These documents are provided for by Fred Pearson, veteran of 453rd AAA AW, and were digitalized by Mark Szyndrowski, son of S/Sgt. John P. Szyndrowski, D. Battery, 453rd AAA AW Bn. A big thanks goes out to these men for sharing this important piece of history!

The author of this website had the privilege of meeting Fred at the 2011 83rd Assocation reunion at West Point, NY. A picture of me, my wife and Fred can be seen here.

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History

  • link - Official history (8mb)
  • link - History handwritten (7mb)
  • link - Brief history
  • link - Battalion history 1944 (3mb)
  • link - Printed History

Oozlefinch

The Oozlefinch was the unit mascot. A picture of Fred. C. Pearson in front of the sign at Fort Knox, KY can be seen here. A picture of the Oolzefinch can be seen here.

  • link - Oozlefinch history

Miscellaneous

  • link - AAR August 1944 (3mb)
  • link - Special orders 1943 (6mb)
  • link - Special orders February 1944 (3mb)
  • link - Awards and decorations (3mb)
  • link - General orders 1944 (5mb)
  • link - Letter orders (1mb)
  • link - Lineage and Battle credits (3mb)
  • link - Movement orders April 1944 (2mb)
  • link - Operations summary Sep 1 to Sep 5, 1944 (5mb)
  • link - Mobilization 1942 (2mb)
  • link - Troop assignment April 1944 (2mb)
  • link - Troop assignment July 1944 to August 1944 (4mb)
  • link - Troop assignment September 1944 to October 1944 (6mb)
  • link - Troop assignment December 1944 (6mb)
  • link - Unit Journal 30 Sept 1944 (1mb)

HQ

  • link - HQ group photo taken at Ft. Fisher, NC on December 4, 1943
  • link - HQ 1943 group photo names

Battery A

  • link - A Battery group photo taken at Ft. Fisher, NC on December 4, 1943
  • link - A Battery 1943 group photo names

Battery B

  • link - B Battery group photo taken at Ft. Fisher, NC on December 4, 1943
  • link - B Battery 1943 group photo names

Battery C

  • link - C Battery group photo taken at Ft. Fisher, NC on December 4, 1943

Battery D

  • link - D Battery group photo taken at Ft. Fisher, NC on December 4, 1943
  • link - D Battery Thanksgiving menu 1943

Articles

Several articles were written on the 453rd in the Spearhead and the Thunderbolt magazines during World War 2. Some can be found below.

  • link - 453rd articles in Spearhead magazine
  • link - 453rd Foxhole Fable article in Spearhead magazine
  • link - 453rd 'AAA Men get ahead of war' article in Thunderbolt magazine

Pictures

The following two pictures are from the 453rd AAA AW Volleyball team.

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