Biography of Earl F. Adkins

PFC, 229th Fld Art Bn, 29th Inf Div, USA

     My father, Earl F. Adkins, was born on November 12, 1924 in Jacobs Kentucky. He was a farmhand when he joined the Army on August 11, 1943.  He entered the Army at Fort Thomas Kentucky and underwent training where he qualified with the M1 Carbine and became a gun crew for Heavy Artillery pieces and obtained the grade of Private First Class.  He departed New York on April 20th according to his notes and arrived in Scotland April 26th and then moved to England. On July 1, 1944 he landed on Omaha Beach in France and entered action with the 269th Field Artillery Battalion (Probably, this is not clear from records but this unit matches most dates and photographic evidence). The 269th was a 240mm Howitzer unit, 8 inchers, without divisional attachment.

     According to his notes, his unit enterred gun positions for the first time at La Semmelarie France on July 15th.  He then fought and moved through France, entering Belgium to fight from positions in Walhorn on September 15.  By the 23rd he moved into Germany at Nutheim.  On December 11th his unit provided support for the Hurtgen Forest engagements.

     The Battallion returned to Belgium from December 27th through January 26th to provide artillery support during the Battle of The Bulge, firing from positions in Septon, Pa ys, Verleument and Weverce.

     On February 2nd, the unit returned to Germany, firing from many locations, including Bonn, until going into Bivouac in Rudendorff on April 3rd.  Bivouac lasted until a return to action in Hutzenert on April 13th which lasted until a return to Bivouac in Frankburg on the 20th.  The war in Europe ended with Mr. Adkins in Bivouac in Viermunden Germany.

     Although he obviously served with an 8 Inch unit through the war, his discharge indicates that he was attached at some point to the 229th Field Artillery Battalion, 29th Infantry Division.  During the war the 229th was attached to the 28th Infantry Division and not the 29th, however the papers list him as being in the 229th of the 29th Division.  I do not understand these variances but suspect they may reflect demobilization reorganizations and transfers.

      My father was discharged on January 18th or 21st (both dates on discharge) of 1946 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. During his service he received the EAME Theater Ribbon with five bronze stars (Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland campaigns), the Good Conduct Ribbon and the World War Two Victory Ribbon.

-----  Jerry Adkins

        dess9@earthlink.net

LINKS

240mm Howitzer, Firing Position, Photo by Earl F. Adkins

240mm Howitzer, Lil Abner, Photo of Earl F. Adkins

Honorable Discharge, Front, AND  Back, Papers of Earl F. Adkins

Notes, Places of Service, Paper of Earl F. Adkins

Separation Qualification Record, Form 100, Paper of Earl F. Adkins

Souvenir, Photo of Souvenir taken by Earl F. Adkins

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