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The History of the
57th Artillery, C.A.C.
During World War One

The 57th Artillery was orgionally organized at Ft. Hancock, NJ in January of 1918. In May of 1918 the Regiment moved to Port of Embarkation Hoboken, NJ and sailed for the war. The Regiment returned to the States in January of 1919 and went to Camp Merritt, NJ and being retained in the Army on active duty went to Ft. Winfield Scott, California in February of 1919. The regiment next was stationed at Camp Lewis, Washington in October of 1919.

57th Artillery Headquarters Company

Supply Company

Medical Detachment

Ordnance Detachment

First Battalion Regimental Section

Battery A

Battery B

Second Battalion Regimental Section

Battery C

Battery D

Third Battalion Regimental Section

Battery E

Battery F


One of the guns of the 57th Artillery in road position. Note the camoflague pattern on the gun and the Renualt truck.

Our means of Air Defense.


HEADQUARTERS 148TH FIELD ARTILLERY

AMERICAN E. F., France

GENERAL ORDERS

No. 11

20 September 1918.

1. Pursuant to verbal direction of Major General Lassiter, who commanded the Corps Artillery in the last engagement, in which the 148th F. A., and the 2nd Bn., 57th C. A. C., participated under command of the undersigned, and operated in this battle as Groupment Sinclair, information is hereby transmitted that the General was exceptionally well pleased with the work of this groupment. He stated that the groupment had done "very fine work", that "everyone at Corps Headquarters is talking about the groupment" and that the splendid service of the officers and men was deserving of the highest compliments.

2. The Commanding Officer of the Groupment is accordingly well pleased with the praise from General Lassiter, and in thus complying with the wishes of the General, desires at the same time to express his appreciation of the efficient operation of the different groups which called out these words of commendation from the Corps Artillery Commander.

3. It is directed that this information be conveyed to the officers and men of each Battalion of this groupment in some suitable manner.

BURKE H. SINCLAIR,
Lieut. Colonel, 148th Field Arty,
Commanding.

Copies to
Battery C
Battery D
Det. H. & S. Co.
Det. Med. Dept.

TO BE READ AT SOME CONVENIENT TIME.

W. C. WASHINGTON,
Captain, C. A. C., Commanding
.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES, FRANCE

ADVANCE COPY
GENERAL ORDERS

No. 32

6 November, 1918.

It is with much pride that the Army Commander publishes the following telegram received by the Commander-in-Chief from Marshal Foch, and the accompanying expression of gratification from the Commander-in-Chief:

"The operations which were begun on the first of November by the First American Army have already assured and thanks to the valor of the High Command and to the energy and bravery of the troops and results of the greatest importance. I am happy to send you my warmest congratulations on the success of these operations."

The Commander-in-Chief adds to the above:

"In transmitting the above telegram from the Allied Commander-in-Chief, I desire to express my admiration of the past success of the officers and soldiers of the First American Army and my confidence that they are yet to accomplish still greater deeds."

By Command of Lieutenant General Liggett:
H. A. DRUM,
Chief of Staff.

OFFICIAL:

H. K. LOUGHRY, .
Adjutant General.

HEADQUARTERS, ARMY ARTILLERY, 1st Army, AMERICAN E. F.,

FRANCE, 8 November, 1918.

1. For your information.

By Command of Major General McGlachlin:
H. W. STOVALL,
Major, C. A. C.,
Adjutant.

HEADQUARTERS
31ST HEAVY ARTILLERY BRIGADE

GENERAL ORDERS

No, 33

27 November 1918.

1. The Brigade Commander takes just pride in publishing the following letter to the troops of this command. He desires that each officer and enlisted man be acquainted with the contents of this letter:

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS
American Expeditionary Forces.
France, November 19, 1918.
From: Commanding General, Fifth Army Corps.
To: Brigadier General W. C. Davis, Commanding 31st Brigade, C. A. C.

Subject: Commendation.

1. I desire to extend to you and to the officers and soldiers of your Brigade my sincere thanks and high appreciation of the excellent service that you have recently rendered while acting as Corps Heavy Artillery of this Corps.

2. Notwithstanding the adverse weather conditions, which made travel over the roads of the sector occupied by the Corps extremely difficult, especially for artillery of heavy caliber, you have displayed the greatest energy in keeping these heavy pieces at the forefront of battle, and have occupied positions from which the Metz-Mezieres Railroad was brought under interdiction fire, enabling us in this manner to practically out this important communication of the enemy.

3. The prompt and cheerful response to all requests for fire and the general attitude of co-operation manifested by your command are in every way commendable and are indicative of the spirit of team work that has been the crowning element of our success.

C. P. SUMMERALL,
Major General, Commanding.
Hq., 2nd Bn., 57th Arty (C. A. C.)

This order will be read at the first formation after its receipt.

By Command of Brigadier General Davis:

R. S. STEWART,
Captain, C. A. C.,
Adjutant.

HEADQUARTERS; ARMY ARTILLERY;
FIRST ARMY AMERICAN E. F., FRANCE

GENERAL ORDERS
No. 22

8 November, 1918.

1. The Commanding General, Army Artillery, publishes with great satisfaction the following letter from the Commanding General of the Army:
"The Army Commander desires me to express to you and the officers and soldiers of the Army Artillery to the First Army his full appreciation of the excellent work they have done in our recent operations.

In this connection; he realizes the great assistance that has been rendered the advance elements by the accurate and powerful support which your command has given to the operation. The Army Commander feels that the work of the Army Artillery in our attack of November 1st was especially efficient and one of the main factors in opening the way for our infantry to break through the enemy's lines.

Will you please see that the contents of this communication are transmitted to all organizations of your command?"

2. The Commanding General, Army Artillery, extends to the officers and men of his command assurances of his heartfelt appreciation of their devotion to duty and of their always willing and prompt support. He offers to them his grateful thanks.

3. This order will be published to all batteries and similar units at a formal muster.

By command of Major General McGlachlin:

JOHN W. GULICK,
Colonel, G. S., Chief of Staff.
OFFICIAL:
H. W. STOVALL,
Major, C. A. C., Adjutant.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY.
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES, FRANCE

ADVANCE COPY
GENERAL ORDERS
No. 31

5 November, 1918.

On November first after constant fighting for over one month, the First American Army launched an attack against the German Army, which had established itself for determined resistance. In five days it had penetrated 25 kilometers and had driven the enemy in retreat before it. Its brilliant success, in with the advance of the 4th French Army on its left, forced the Germans to retreat on a broad front to the west.

It has fought and marched and endured the rigors of campaign with the most superb indifference to everything except the determination to go forward and imprint upon the enemy the marks of its courage and resolution.

All arms and services, those in advance who smashed the way, those in the air who rendered aggressive and efficient service, and those in rear who by their untiring industry made possible the continued advance, are worthy of the highest praise and the gratitude of their admiring country.

The Army Commander is proud of such an army, thanks it for the splendid results already achieved, and looks with confidence to the still greater success that lies before it.

By Command of Lieutenant General Liggett:

H. A. DRUM,
Chief of Staff.

OFFICIAL
H. K. LOUGHRY,
Adjutant General.

HEADQUARTERS, ARMY ARTILLERY, 1st Army, AMERICAN E. F.,
FRANCE, 8 November, 1918.
1. For your information.

By Command of Major General McGlachlin:
H. W. STOVALL,
Major, C. A. C.
Adjutant.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
American Expeditionary Forces

France, 2 November, 1918.

GENERAL ORDERS
No. 32

From: Commanding General V Army Corps.
To: Brigadier General D. E, Aultman; Chief of Artillery, V Army Corps.
Subject: Commendation.

I desire to convey to you and to the officers and soldiers of all artillery serving in this Corps, my profound appreciation and my high admiration of the brilliant manner in which the Artillery of all classes has performed the difficult tasks allotted to them; especially during the advance on November first.

Although the Artillery has been constantly in action day and nightly sustaining the battle since the beginning of the present offensive, it has responded with a self-sacrificing devotion to duty and a superb efficiency that is beyond all praise. While our dauntless Infantry have advanced against the enemy's prepared positions with a courage that elicits our greatest admiration; it must be recognized that without the powerful and skilful co-operation of the Artillery; it would have been impossible to accomplish the results, which they have so brilliantly achieved.

The tremendous volume of fire; the skilful arrangement of all objectives; and the perfect co-ordination with the Infantry and machine guns; have made the action of November first a model of completeness; and it must stand as a tribute to the able administrative officers who conceived the plans; and to the technical ability and the fidelity to duty of those who executed them.

I beg that you will convey to the officers and soldiers of all units of Artillery; the foregoing sentiments; and will assure them of my abiding wishes for their continued success in the campaigns that lie before them.

(signed) C. P. SUMMERALL,
Major General; Commanding.

By Command of Brigadier General Davis:

R. S. STEWART,
Captain, C. A. C.,
Adjutant.


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