Pre-World War II
Battery F, 2nd Battalion
(c) 152nd Field Artillery Association, 2009
From 1939 yearbook:
Battery F, 152nd Field Artillery, was recruited in Bangor early in 1929 by Captain
Earl L. Castner and First Lieutenant Earl W. Bowen, these men being the battery's
first officers and in command at the time of Federal recognition on March 8, 1929.
Captain Castner's period of command was of short duration, being succeeded by
Captain Leslie C. McGary, who served in this capacity from 1929 to 1932. He was
succeeded by Captain Sherwin M. Ricker, present commander.
In 1933, the battery was converted from horse-drawn to truck-drawn. On May 9,
1933, members of the battery were called out on guard duty in the city of Ellsworth,
which had been destroyed by fire. Remaining there for several days, the detail
received favorable comment from the authorities for its assistance and conduct. In
1934, the battery's trucks were pressed into service to transport troops and
equipment of National Guard units being rushed into the textile strike zones
throughout the state. It served on flood duty in 1936.
Earl L. Castner
First Battery Commander
The battery won the clean-kitchen banner in 1937. Many of the non-commissioned officers have been with the battery since
its organization in 1929.
For the past six years, the battery has held an annual Father and Son Banquet, which has been of great benefit in favorably
advertising the National Guard.
Paul L. Pooler
Eugene R. Johnson
Jay E. Alley
Sherwin M. Ricker
152nd Field Artillery Association