The purpose of the 158th Field Artillery Association in conjunction with the U.S. Army Regimental System (Army National Guard) is to enhance combat effectiveness through a framework that provides the opportunity for regimental affiliation, as well as developing loyalty and commitment, fostering a sense of belonging, and to serve as a repository of lineage, honors, traditions and heraldry.
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Do you want to contribute research material to help in preserving the history of the 158th Field Artillery?
For several years I have been collecting anything related to the 158th Field Artillery. I am always searching for additional material that can be used in reconstructing the history and thus providing the most complete and trustworthy source of information about the organization. Maybe you have something tucked away in dusty boxes that you never really look at anymore. Maybe you have some old documents or pictures? Maybe you don’t know what to do with that old uniform insignia? I would like to kindly ask you to consider sharing or donating some of these items, there is a need to preserve all of these artifacts in a secure and trustworthy place for archival purposes. Plans are currently being made in order to have one central location where all of these artifacts can be saved and available to all. Some of the items that would help in understanding and completing the history of the 158th Field Artillery can be:
Photographs of anyone who served in the organization would be very much appreciated.
Maps are invaluable for research, if you have a map at home, and not sure what to do with it, please consider sharing it with us. A photocopy or electronic scan of it can be just as helpful as an original.
Memoirs / Diaries / Stories from a war time experiences can be a great source of data regardless of it’s form. These notes are so important to be read, processed and placed into the history of the unit for future generations. No matter how short the notes are, they all lead to a better understanding of what had happened through that respective soldier’s eyes.
After Action Reports: These reports give us more information about the actions and movements of the unit.
Rosters: Rosters provide the names of the men who served in a certain unit. Reading names and their information can be very helpful in locating other veterans or family members.
Citations: Citations are excellent describing the events that led up to a soldier being awarded a medal or a citation.
There is also a plan to create a virtual online museum, and possibly inclusion in a book.
I understand that not many people will donate items to a complete stranger. Feel free to email me any questions about this. All these things can be very useful in research. We am not just “collecting”, but I studying all of these items and trying to preserve history.