Lineage and Honors, and more along those lines
(c) 152nd Field Artillery Association, 2010
1st Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery
Certificate dated 1997
Pre-War: 1st Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery
WW2: 203rd FA Battalion
Post-War: 1st Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery
Organized and Federally recognized 15 May 1922 in the
Maine National Guard in northeastern Maine as the 1st
Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery, with Headquarters in
Houlton, an element of the 43d Division
Expanded and reorganized 3 April 1929 as the 152nd
Field Artillery with Headquarters at Bangor
Inducted into Federal service 24 February 1941 at home
Redesignated (less 2d Battalion) 19 February 1942 as
the 203rd Field Artillery (less 2d Battalion) and relieved
from assignment to the 43d Division (2d Battalion
concurrently reorganized and redesignated as the 152d
Field Artillery Battalion - hereafter separate lineage)
203d Field Artillery (less Headquarters Battery and 2d
Battalion) reorganized and redesignated 1 March 1943
as the 203rd Field Artillery Battalion (Headquarters
Battery concurrently reorganized and redesignated as
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 203rd Field
Artillery Group - hereafter separate lineage)
203d Field Artillery Battalion inactivated 26 October 1945
at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia
Redesignated 21 May 1946 as the 152d Field Artillery
Reorganized and Federally recognized 6 January 1947 in
northeastern Maine with Headquarters at Caribou
Reorganized and redesignated 1 March 1959 as the
152d Artillery, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms
Regimental System, to consist of the 1st Automatic
Reorganized 1 June 1961 to consist of the 1st Howitzer
Reorganized 1 December 1964 to consist of the 1st
Howitzer Battalion and Battery F
Reorganized 31 December 1967 to consist of the 1st
Redesignated 1 February 1972 as the 152d Field Artillery
Withdrawn 1 June 1989 from the Combat Arms
Regimental System and reorganized under the United
States Army Regimental System
CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT
World War II
B Battery (Houlton), 1st Battalion, additionally entitled to:
World War I
Ile de France 1918
152nd Field Artillery Association
2nd Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery
From a 1954 OCS Form 10
Pre-War: 2d Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery
WW2: 152nd FA Battalion
Post-War: 203d FA Battalion (never reorganized)
Organized and Federally recognized 3 April 1929 as 2d
Battalion, 152d Field Artillery Regiment, Maine National
Guard, with Headquarters at Bangor, Me.
Inducted into Federal service 24 February 1941 at
Redesignated 19 February 1942 as 152d Field Artillery
Battalion, an element of 43d Division.
Inactivated 14 October 1945 at Camp Stoneman, Calif.
Redisgnated 21 May 1946 as the 203d Field Artillery
Battalion and relieved from assignment to 43d Infantry
Division, and consolidated 1 July 1946 with the 314th
Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion.
CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT
World War II
Luzon (with Arrowhead)
In a Nutshell....the 1st Battalion 152nd Field Artillery was organized in 1922. In 1929 the 2nd Battalion and the Regimental HQ
were added. In 1941 the entire regiment was federalized as part of the 43rd Infantry Division, a relationship that had existed for
In 1942 the Army reorganized the Infantry Division structure, eliminating the field artillery regiments. So one battalion, the 2nd
Battalion, remained with the 43rd and was redesignated the "152nd Field Artillery Battalion." The Regimental HQ was
redesignated as the "203rd Field Artillery Regiment," consisting of two battalions: the former 1st Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery
was redisignated as the 1st Battalion, 203rd Field Artillery, and the former 1st Battalion, 192nd Field Artillery (also originally part
of the 43rd Division, from Connecticut) became the 2nd Battalion, 203rd Field Artillery.
Just a year later, in March 1943, more changes resulted in the Regimental HQ being redesignated the 203rd Field Aritllery Group,
the 1st Battalion became the 203rd Field Artillery Battalion, the the 2nd Battalion became the 963rd Field Artillery Battalion
(hereafter separate lineage).
All three units fought in World War 2 and represented the Maine National Guard in an exemplary manner.
After the war, the 203rd FA battalion was redesignated back to the 1st Battalion 152nd Field Artillery, and went on to be
reorganized back home in Aroostook County in 1947 and stayed there until inactivation in 2008. Briefly, from 1959 to 1961, the
battalion was reorganized as the 1st Automatic Weapons Battalion, 152nd Artillery, an Anti-Aircraft Artillery unit, with the M42
In 1946 the 152nd Field Artillery battalion was redesignated as well....not back to their original 2nd Battalion....but as the 203rd
Field Artillery Battalion!!
Try to keep up....the 2d Battalion/203rd FA Battalion were only redesignated on paper; they never reorganized after the war. In
1947 they were consolidated, on paper, with the 314th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. So their lineage and campaign credits
survived, but as part of the 314th. More research is needed, but it's interesting to note that the 314th's Distinctive Unit Insignia
includes the familiar 152nd blazonry (see photo below).
So, below is the official Lineage and Honors for what existed as the 1st Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery as of 1997, when the
certificate was issued. Also is a summary of the 2nd Battalion's lineage, from a 1954 document. Also provided are scanned
original official memos that support the above summary.
Also, note that the 1970 and earlier versions of the Lineage and Honors omit the Ardennes-Alsace campaign credit for the
WW2 203rd. I don't know how it got corrected, but in 1971 a correction was published by Department of the Army General Order
granting the credit.
Oh, and remember the 152nd Regimental HQ that turned into the 203rd FA Group HQ (and fought with Patton's Third Army)?
After the war, they were "converted and redesignated" as the 136th Engineer Combat Company, effective 21 May 1946.
Notice the upper left corner of this
314th AAA Battalion Unit Insignia,
signifying the consolidation of the
203d FA (but really the 2d Bn, 152d
FA). The 314th AAA Bn was in the
Maine Nat'l Guard from '47 - '59.
*New* - The 203rd Field Artillery motto, "Skill on the Way," is a
combination of the 192nd FA motto "Skill and Force" and the
152nd's "On the Way." The new unit coat of arms contained the
shield of the 192nd FA and the projectile of the 152nd's crest.
Read the memo.
Campaign credit to 203rd Field Artillery for Ardennes-Alsace
campaign in WW2 - DA General Orders (scroll to near end of
The long process of tryng to get "unit crests" for a new unit is
shown in this series of letters from 1942-1943 between the
203rd and a vendor, and a memo to the batteries regarding
paying their fair share. Incomplete, but gives one an
interesting view of the process. The crests apparently
eventually were produced because they're seen on Ebay once
in a great while.