Unit Details

 64th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)

64th Field Artillery Battalion
The Lancers
“Lancer Vince”
(“Lancers Conquer”)

 

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Constituted as 3rd Battalion, 43rd Artillery Regiment (Coast Artillery Corps) and organized 7 August 1918 in France as railway artillery using naval guns. Participated in the St Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne campaigns. Inactivated in 1921. Reconstituted as the 64th Field Artillery Battalion, assigned to 25th Division and activated on 1 October 1941. Manned and equipped as a 105-millimeter howitzer battalion using assets of the 2nd Battalion 8th Field Artillery Regiment. See our 1941 Div Arty Insignias page. The 64th received its baptism of fire during the Japanese attack on Hawaii 7 December 1941. The 35th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) made up of the 35th Infantry and the 64th Field Artillery Battalion was the first contingent of the 25th Division to land on Guadalcanal on 17 December 1942. The 35th RCT was given the mission of driving the Japanese off of Mount Austin. In fierce fighting from 10-23 January 1943 the fires of the 64th contributed significantly to the destruction of the Japanese forces on Mount Austin. For their gallantry the 35th Infantry and the 64th Field Artillery received the Presidential Unit Citation. In August 1944 the 35th RCT seized Vella Lavella Island in the Northern Solomons. During the Luzon campaign the 64th FA’s effective direct supporting fires greatly aided “The Cacti” as they cleared the town of Lupao in fierce fighting. The 35th RCT then turned north into the mountains of Luzon destroying fiercely resisting Japanese forces along highway 5 through Balete Pass to the town of Santa Fe.

Korea

In response to the invasion of South Korea, the 35th Infantry and the 64th Field Artillery reformed the 35th RCT and landed at Pusan on 13 July 1950. Defending the Pusan Perimeter along the Nam River the 35th RCT was assaulted by elements of four North Korean Divisions on 1 September 1950. Fighting was hand-to hand as the 64th leveled its guns at the infiltrating enemy. By 4 September the enemy was routed. For its gallantry the 64th FA received a Presidential Unit Citation. The 35th RCT went on to participate in all ten Korean campaigns achieving a reputation as one of the best RCTs in the Eighth Army.

On 1 February 1957 the 64th Field Artillery Battalion was inactivated at Schofield Barracks. On 12 August 1958 the 64th was consolidated with the 43rd Artillery Regiment. The 43rd Artillery was redesignated the 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment on 1 September 1971. The battle honors awarded to the 64th Field Artillery Battalion in WW II and Korea are now carried on the battalion colors of the 1st Battalion, (Patriot) 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment stationed in Korea and the 3rd Battalion, (Patriot) 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

 

Batallion Organization

 

64th Field Artillery Battalion

Headquarters Company

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  Arthur H. Hogan      
             

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