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Doings Of Battery B

328th Field Artillery American Expeditionary Forces

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In August 1917 the first drafted men of Michigan responded to the call to the colors. The 85th Division did not exist when the United States declared war. It was evolved from a plan in the War Department at Washington, and given a number. To it was assigned a brigade - the 160th Field Artillery - which, in turn, was made up of the 328th, 329th and 330th regiments. These were subdivided Headquarters Company, Supply Company and Batteries A, B, C, D, E, and F. Such was the genesis of Battery B.

After being paraded, feted and cheered through decorated cities, towns and hamlets of Michigan and Wisconsin, the trains disgorged the embryo warriors at Battle Creek to be greeted by non-commissioned officers of the regular army, who had preceded them to camp.

On July 29, 1918 we entrained at Mineola for Cunard Line piers, New York City. Boarding proceeded on His Majesty's ship, the Mauretania for departure on July 30th to Liverpool, England. On August 9th we then sailed for France on the Narragansett.

 

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