Howard, James S. – 559th Field Artillery Bn

Born on April 28, 1918 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.

Passed away in 1983 (age 64–65) and resting at the Saint Johns Union Cemetery in Mickleys, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA.

He had a sister; Lillian Emma Howard Osborn (1920–1964).

Army Service Number: 33115597.

With thanks to Jerry Streitz for photos and information.

On November 17, 1941, he joined the US Army at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Transferred to C Company, 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was promoted to Technician 5th Grade on May 13, 1942.
January 1943 saw him transferred to the Headquarters Company of the 771st TD Bn, this time at Fort Ethan Allen in Vermont and with the grade of Corporal.
Some time between April and August 1943, Cpl. Howard was transferred to Headquarters Company of the 655th Tank Destroyer Battalion which was located at Camp Hood, Texas. This unit however was Disbanded on April 10, 1944, at Camp Hood, Texas. Cpl. Howard would be transferred to the 559th Field Artillery Battalion (probably in March 1944), part of the 402nd Field Artillery Group.

At the start of the Ardennes Offensive , the 559th supported the 28th and 106th Infantry Division. They were hit hard and had to reorganize.

The unit was then ordered to Fauvillers, Belgium on December 28, 1944, and from there it supported the push of General Patton’s Third Army to the north. On January 1, 1945, the artillery moved from Fauvillers to Vaux-lez-Rosières. Their fire supported the 4th Armored division’s advance as well as the 101st Airborne Division’s defenses. On January 4, 1945, they were moved to Assenois.

January 17 found the men in Rouette and the next day in Givry, both villages northwest of Champs. January 22 their location was Cobru and two days later Compogne, when finally on January 27, the order was given to move to Weiler, Luxembourg. For the 559th, the Battle of the Bulge was officially over.

 

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