Compiled by Lee Waldschmidt


       The veteran 54th Armored Field Artillery Battalion is another early member of the 3rd Armored Division. The 54th was at Camp Polk, Louisiana, on December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked America at Pearl Harbor. Personnel of the battalion were on the firing range when word came that the United States was at war.
       In Normandy and northern France the 54th was commanded by Lt. Colonel Robert J. Moore, a graduate of Florida University and the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. When Colonel Moore was wounded in the early phases of the Rhineland campaign, Major John P. Sink assumed command. He was later replaced by Lt. Colonel Mont Hubbard, who led the battalion through the rest of the European fighting.
       Like the 67th and 391st Armored Field Artillery Battalions, the 105mm mobile guns of the 54th were a constant mainstay of 3rd Armored Division power.

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