1/83rd Battalion/Battery
Command Roster
1966-1971

 
 

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XXIV Corps Command

 

Corps Artillery Commander

1968-1969

Brigadier General Allan G. Pixton

 

 

Battalion Command

 

Battalion Commander (CO)

1966-1967
1967-1968
1968
1968
1968
1968-1969
1969-1970
Early 1970
08/70
1970-1971

Lieutenant Colonel David McNeeley
Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Million
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Balsheiser
Major Ray Spence (Acting CO)
Lieutenant Colonel Clifford Worthy Jr
Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Sykes
Lieutenant Colonel James MacMurer
Lieutenant Colonel Lockhart
Major Kielkopf

Lieutenant Colonel
Robert Lamons

Battalion Executive Officer (XO)

1966-1967
1967-1968
Year unknown
1968-1969
1968-1969
1968
1969-1970
early 1970
late 1970

Major Ennis
Major Wilmer Andrews
Major Williams
Major Donald A. Campbell
Major Ray Spence
Captain Dave Neumann
Major Lanny Walker
Major Bird
Major Jerry Griffith

Battalion S-1

1967
09/67-02/68
Year unknown
08/68-08/69
1969-1970
1970-1971

Captain Owen Saunders
Captain John Yore
Captain Tony Armagno
Captain Howard Sanger
Captain Abe Cyrus
Captain Jim Chalk

Battalion S-2 1968
1970
1970-1971
Capt Tony Armagno
MSGT Hunsacker
SSG Martinez
Battalion S-3

1966-1967
1966
Year unknown
1968
9/1968
1968
1968-08/69
08/69-mid-70
11/69-4/70

1970
1970-1971

Major Wilmer Andrews
MSGT Clarence Everett (S-3 Operations NCO)
Captain Garland
Major Ray Spence
Captain Dave Neumann
Major Bob Brown
Major Joe Maringola
Major Ron Cox
1st Lieutenant Dave Sides (Asst S3 reporting to Ron Cox)
Major Joe Krebs
Major Seward

Battalion S-4 Year unknown
Year unknown
Year unknown
Year unknown
1970
Captain John Norwood
Captain Ben Frias
Warrant Officer Keating
Warrant Officer Johnson
Warrant Officer Green
Battalion Ammo Officer

Late 1967-Early 1968
09/69-08/70
1970

1st Lieutenant George Benham
Lt Jim Berger
1st Lieutenant Jose Martinez

Battalion Fire Direction Officer (FDO)

11/68-02/69
1969-1970
1970
1970
1970

1st Lieutenant Sandy Ray
Lieutenant Marble
1st Lieutenant Malcolm Decker
Lieutenant Bob Sales
Captain Bill Burke

Battalion Liaison Officer

1966
Late 1969-1970

Captain Harry Warren
Lieutenant Bob Sales

Battalion Motor Officer

1969
1970

1st Lieutenant  Ramsey
1st
Lieutenant Richard Carlson

Battalion Surgeon

1966-1967
1967-1968
1969
1969-1970
1970

Captain Tom Sullivan
Captain Marshall Horowitz
Captain Joseph Babb
Captain Brenner
Captain Martinez-Boquin

Battalion Helicopter Pilot

1968
1968-1970
1970

CWO William Schwab
CWO Leon Skeen
WO Freddie Sistrunk

Battalion Sergeant Major

1966
1969-1970

Sergeant Major Robert Hess
Sergeant Major Brassard

Battalion Clerk 1966-1967 Spec 4 Al Saltzman

 

 

HQ Battery Command

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Battery Commander (CO)

1966
1966-1967
1967
Early 1968
Late 1968
Early 1969
Year unknown
1969-1970
Early 1970-5/70
1970-1971

1st Lieutenant/Captain Owen Saunders
Captain Carl Freeman
Captain Peter Moore
Captain Griffith
Captain Richard Chamber
Captain John Mania
Captain William Burnett
Captain Tom McNeight
Captain Robert
Wardeiner
Captain Bill Burke

Battery Executive Officer (XO)

1966-1967
1970
1971

1st Lieutenant Rex Hon
Lt Jim House (later was AO for the Battalion)
1st Lieutenant Estes

Battery Ammo Officer

Year unknown

SSG Harris

Battery First Sergeant

1966-1967
Year unknown
1969-1970

First Sergeant Roy Laudette
First Sergeant Flick
First Sergeant Hocutt

Commo/Signals Section Chief 1966-1967
1967
1970
1970
1970
Sgt Bennett
Msgt Miller
1st Lieutenant Stan Rice
1st Lieutenant Dennis Donati
SFC Barnes
Medic    
Mess Section Chief 1966-1967 SSG Eddie Jones
Metro Section Chief 1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967
WO Carrol (Metro Chief)
SP6 Sweet (Metro Supervisor)
SP5 Wilkins (Metro NCO)
Motor Section Chief 1966-1967
1967-1968
1969-1970
SSG Macadoo (Motor Sgt)
Captain Ben Frias (Motor Officer)
Sgt Nruenig
Radio Section Chief 1966-1967 Sgt Dave Ferguson
Supply Section Chief 1966-1967
1969-1970
Sgt Sheldon
Sgt Rice
Survey Section Chief & Platoon SGT's 1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967
1969-1970
1969
1969-1970
SFC Vincent Auzenne - Platoon Leader
SSG Metoyer - Section Chief
SSG Laszlo Czetay - Section Chief
SSG Jenkins - Section Chief
SFC Lewis - Platoon Leader
SSG Gonzales - Section Chief
SSG Davis - Section Chief
Battery Clerk 1966-1967
1969-1970
Rich Magin
SP4 Castens

 

 

Service Battery Command

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Battery Commander (CO)

1966-12/66
01/67-6/67
7/67-mid 1968
mid 1968
Year unknown
mid 1969
1969-1970

Captain Bob Wilkie
Captain Bob Pierce
1st Lt John Giles
Captain John Norwood
Captain Ben Frias
Captain William Johnson
Captain George McShea
Battery Executive Officer (XO) 1966-1967
1969-1970
Lt John Carpenter
1st Lt Jim Berger
Battery First Sergeant 1966-12/66
1/67-late 1967
1969-1970
First Sgt. Ralph Helms
First Sgt. Cavinder
First Sgt Tolliver
Maintenance Section Chief 1966-1967
1967-1968
1967-1968
CWO Jerry Richardson (Battalion Maint Officer)
CWO Carl Matthews (Battalion Maint Officer)
SSG Harold Whitten (Battalion Maint Supervisor)
Medic    
Mess Section Chief 1966-67 Sgt Cornwell
Motor Section Chief 1966-1967
1969-1970
1969-1970
1969-1970
1969-1970
Lt Reback
Captain Ramsey
Captain Brandt
CWO 2 Welch
Staff Sergeant Loehr
Supply Section Chief

1966-1967
1967-1968
1966-1967
1969-1970
1969-1970

CWO Otto Aliffi
CWO Tom Keating
SP4 William Morris
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Fauson                  Sergeant First Class Staranowicz

Battery Clerk 1966-9/67
1966-1967
1966-1967
1969-1970
SP5 Jay Schweer
Borneman
SP4 Norman Burhaus
SP5 Foster

 

 

"A" Battery Command

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Battery Commander (CO)

1966
late 1967-02/68
2/68-08/68
Year unknown
1969
Mid 1969
Late 1969
1970-7/70
7/70-10/70
6/70-???
1971

Captain William Sheehan
Captain Charlie Fleming
Captain John Yore
Captain Willie Griffith
Captain Virtis Savage
Captain Tim Gordon
Captain Charles Morris
Captain Thomas Stenger
1st Lieutenant Dave Sides
Captain Robert Wardeiner
Captain Solomon

Battery Executive Officer (XO)

1966-1967
2/68-08/68
01/69-04/69
Late 1969
Late 1969
1969
01/70-6/70
6/1970

2nd Lieutenant Ronald Heine
1st Lieutenant Mike Jalone
2nd
Lieutenant Lloyd
1st Lieutenant Lawrence Masi
1st Lieutenant Chris Callis
1st Lieutenant Buck
1st Lieutenant Dan Murphy
1st Lieutenant
Dave Sides

Battery Fire Direction Officer (FDO)

1966

2nd Lieutenant Terry Hampton

Battery First Sergeant

1966-1967
Early 1969
Mid 1969
Late 1969-1970

SSG Rucker
First Sergeant
Furman Harrison
First
Sergeant - Kronholm
First
Sergeant - Robert Petriss
Chief of Firing Battery
(aka Chief of Smoke)
Early 1969-8/69
8/69-???
12/70-5/71

SFC Moore
SFC Mcallister
SFC James Diggs

Gun Section 1 Chief 1966-1967

SFC James Diggs (also sent back to Vietnam in December 1970 - May 1971 with A Battery 1/83rd. Was Chief Firing Battery when the BN deactivated in May of 1971.

Gun Section 2 Chief    
Gun Section 3 Chief    
Gun Section 4 Chief 1966-1967 SFC Franklin
Medic    
Mess Section Chief Early 1969
Mid 1969
SFC Chandler
SFC Krueger
Battery Clerk 1966-1967 Joel English

 

 

"B" Battery Command

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Battery Commander (CO)

1966-12/66
01/1967
1967
9/1967-4/1968
1968
1968-1969
1968-06/69
06/69-??/70
12/69-05/70
1970

Captain Bob Pierce
Captain Bob Wilkie
Captain Harry Warren
Captain David Neumann
Captain Tony Armagno
Captain James M.
Lovelace
Captain James B Briggs
Captain Michael Boydston
Captain Tom McNeight

Captain Frank Sloan

Battery Executive Officer (XO)

1966-1967
1967-1968
10/68-08/69

1st Lieutenant David Tyler
1st Lieutenant George Benham

1st Lieutenant Neal Schwartz

Battery Fire Direction Officer (FDO) 1966-1967
1968
1968-1969
02/69-09/69
1969-1970
1969-1970

1st Lieutenant Berhthold Meyer
1st Lieutenant Thomas Dykstra
1st Lieutenant Danny Householder
1st Lieutenant Sandy Ray
1st Lieutenant Putnam
1st Lieutenant Spahr

Battery First Sergeant 1966-1967
1968
1969-1970
First Sergeant Pendarvous
First Sergeant Jorge Gonzalez
First Sergeant Paul Greer
Chief of Firing Battery
(aka Chief of Smoke)
1966-1967
1968
1968-1969
1969-1970
SFC Richard Felhoffer
SFC Herman Collie

Msgt Moore
SFC Kobre
Gun Section 1 Chief 1968 SSG Guy
Gun Section 2 Chief    
Gun Section 3 Chief    
Gun Section 4 Chief    
Medic    
Mess Section Chief    
Battery Clerk ????
1969-1970
SP4 Larry Able
SP4 Kyser
Section Chiefs 1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967
1966-1967

SGT Melvin Bowen (8-inch chief)
SGT Boggs (175mm chief)
SSG William Phillips (175mm chief)
SSG Dawson (8-inch chief)
SGT Ed Thomas (8-inch chief)
SGT William Wiseman (8-inch chief)

SSG Harris
SSG Bridges
SSG Yarborough
SSG Foster

 

 

"C" Battery Command

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Battery Commander (CO)

early 1966
late 1966
1967
1968
1968
Year unknown
mid 1969
1969-1970
late 1969 - 05/70
1970
1970

Captain Duckett
Captain Mann
Captain Arpad Kopcsak
Captain John Giles
Captain Devin
Captain Fleming
Captain James Wittkopp
Captain Roger Manning

Captain
Hall
Captain Casino
Captain Sloan

Battery Executive Officer (XO) 1966
1967
Late 1969

1st Lieutenant Biggly
1st Lieutenant Cantly
Lt Dan Murphy

Battery Fire Direction Officer (FDO) 1966-1967
4/68-4/69
1969-1970
1969-1970
Late 1969-1970
9/1970-5/1971
2/1971-5/1971

1st Lieutenant William (Dewey) Beezley
Lt Bill Labhart

Lt Jim House
Lt Richardson
1st Lieutenant Malcolm Decker
2nd Lieutenant Ron Sims
2nd Lieutenant Joe Byrd

Battery First Sergeant 1966
early 1967
late 1967
01-70-??
First Sergeant Braswell
First Sergeant Moron
First Sergeant Townsond
First Sergeant Kronholm
Chief of Firing Battery
(aka Chief of Smoke)
1966-early 1967
Late 1967
6/69-9/69
1969
01/70-06/70
05/70-5/71
SFC James Belcher
SFC Charles Chaffen
SSG Carl Bormet
SFC McAllister
SGT Harris
SGT Chuck Mattson
Gun Section 1 Chief 1966-early 1967
late 1967
1970-1971
SFC Charles Chaffen
SGT Horner
SSG Bob Pyles
Gun Section 2 Chief 1966
1967
11/68-6/69
3/70-11/70
SSG Blake
SSG Spiller
SGT Carl Bormet (to E6 March 69)
SGT Jim Field
Gun Section 3 Chief 1966
late 1967
SSG Dollar
SGT Romeo
Gun Section 4 Chief 1966
1967
SGT Stoute
SGT Jackie (Willie) Williams
Medic 12/70 - 5/71 Gary (Doc) Hill
Mess Section Chief 1966
1967
1969
Spec 5 Monsoon
Spec 5 Strayan
SSG Anderson
Battery Clerk 1967 Wayne Wojda

 

 

Definitions

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Battalion Executive Officer (XO) Principal assistant and advisor to the battalion commander, supervises the details of operation and administration, keeps abreast of the logistical and tactical situations and future plans, constantly prepared to assume command in the absence of the commander.
S-1

Personnel Officer responsible for personnel management matters pertaining to unit strength, morale, discipline and miscellaneous administrative tasks.

S-2

Intelligence Officer

S-3

Operations Officer

S-4 Logistics Officer
Battalion S-1 Link between the battalion commander and all personnel assigned under his command on personnel matters. Responsible for the administration of personnel in organic and attached units of the battalion.
Battalion S-2 Staff officer between the commander and assigned companies when it comes to gathering, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information and security matters within the battalion.
Battalion S-3 Staff officer between the commander and assigned companies when it comes to operations, planning, and training.  Responsible for developing unit plans and training programs.
Battalion S-4 Very important to the maintenance and supply portion of the battalion operations. Responsibilities include monitor equipment shortages, monitor vehicle age and mileage, coordinate with the BMO on turn-in procedures.
Battalion Maintenance Officer (BMO) BMO is the link between the battalion commander and the battalion maintenance operations. The BMO keeps the commander and staff informed of the operational status of materiel and auxiliary equipment.
Battery/Company Commander Responsible for all matters relating to mission accomplishment, discipline, training, welfare, and control of personnel and equipment assigned to the company, supervise and ensure timely completion of all company activities.
Battery/Company Motor Officer Supervises and is responsible for all matters relating to discipline, training, welfare, and control of the personnel in the maintenance section. Responsibilities include developing the company maintenance program, coordinate maintenance operations with battalion maintenance operations, draft the company maintenance SOP.  Also, brief all incoming officers and NCOs on the company maintenance SOP, keep the commander informed daily on the operational status of automotive and auxiliary equipment.
Chief of Firing Battery
(aka Chief of Smoke)
The Chief of Firing Battery (aka Chief of Smoke) is the senior NCO in charge of the firing battery laying the guns, managing the gun chiefs and their sections, etc. He is not responsible for admin, supply, etc.
 
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