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A Redleg is a Name given to almost all that are associated with Artillery. Certain colors represent different military fields and red is for Artillery ,even the German Army use red to distinguishe it's soldiers as Artillery. On their lapels they have a cloth band that fits at the bottom with the different colors for the different fields they represent , I think blue is for Medics. If I remember about why Artillery Soldiers are called Redlegs is that they wore red stockings a very long time ago hence the nickname.
I just missed being in that picture! Came in in Sept 81. Would love to find 1 from 82,83 or 84.
You had to be a REDLEG to know what one was!!
I've been wondering what happened to LT kennedy, piccilo etc. You guys will let AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY in wont you? After all, our umbrella covers your Batteries too. Seemed like the tread heads gauged every thing by what it could do in direct fire mode,but VULCAN CANNON put on show.
I was the Battery Commander in 65-66. The year passed too quickly, but Vietnam called. The Squadron Commander was fantastic, LTC Rose. After we had been decimated of our NCO's and seasoned officers, they finally filled our ranks with green troops and I borrowed an Armor Lieutenant for my XO. The only experienced NCO we had was a Gun Chief that we elevated to Chief of Fire. The FDC had a green 2d LT and a SP4 and all the guns had acting jacks.We trained for 30 days at Graf preparing for a 7th Army ATT. When we passed the ATT Evaluation in late 1966, LTC Rose provided the beer at Graf. He was really proud of us. We didn't know until latter that we were the only Battery to pass. It was an interesting evaluation. Also, we were the first 155 mm unit to pass the nuclear TPI. In fact, we passed all our inspections with flying colors and did well in the field exercises.
I noted in the Troop Portraits Group that we had a distinguished Howitzer Battery Commander named Tommy R. Franks in 1973. Wikipedia says ' Following attendance at the Artillery Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in West Germany in 1973, where he commanded the 1st Squadron Howitzer Battery and served as Squadron S-3. He also commanded the 84th Armored Engineer Company, and served as Regimental Assistant S-3 during this tour. He is now retired General Franks!