41st FA Bde
4th Battalion 77th Field Artillery
77TH FIELD ARTILLERY
Distinctive Unit Insignia.
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned as follows: Gules, five fleurs-de-lis, three and two, Or; on a chief dovetailed at the last a prickly pear cactus Proper; and attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “EN GARDE” in Red.
The shield is red for artillery. The yellow dovetailed chief symbolizes the formation of the organization from cavalry. The cactus indicates service as cavalry on the Mexican border. The five fleurs-de-lis signify the five major engagements in France in World War I as artillery.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 77th Field Artillery Regiment on 10 December 1929. It was redesignated for the 634th Field Artillery Battalion on 28 July 1944. It was redesignated for the 77th Artillery Regiment on 16 December 1958. It was redesignated effective 1 September 1971, for the 77th Field Artillery Regiment. The insignia was amended to update and clarify the description and symbolism on 12 August 1985.
Coat of Arms.
Gules, five fleurs-de-lis, three and two, Or; on a chief dovetailed of the last a prickly pear cactus Proper.
On a wreath of the colors, Or and Gules, a mount Vert supporting a falcon Proper.
EN GARDE (On Guard).
The shield is red for artillery. The yellow dovetailed chief symbolizes the formation of the organization from cavalry.
The cactus indicates service as cavalry on the Mexican border. The five fleurs-de-lis signify the five major engagements in France in World War I as artillery.
The crest is taken from the arms of Montfaucon, as most of the 77th Field Artillery was there when the Armistice was signed.
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 77th Field Artillery Regiment on 10 December 1929. It was redesignated for the 634th Field Artillery Battalion on 28 July 1944. It was redesignated for the 77th Artillery Regiment on 16 December 1958. It was redesignated effective 1 September 1971, for the 77th Field Artillery Regiment. The insignia was amended to clarify the symbolism on 12 August 1985.
All Pictures © Mark Rittinger
Convoy assembly, the long drive to Graf took a good 13 hours, at a drive at 40 mph Tops!
PVT Moreno, our gun driver
Loaded and ready to roll
Loading for Graf
The Babenhausen Railhead
Graf in the very cold winter time
Probably on of the Best Artillery pict's shot
The 14000 lb barrel of am 8' gun
Axcess powder burn off
Unloading ammo pallets on a very cold day at Graf
"Old school Artillery"
Stand behind 210 pounds of TNT and 50 pounds of gunpowder,
Section chief Sgt. Sanchez and SFC. Harvy
United States European CommandChange of command
outgoing General Bernard W. Rogers bid farewell, while General John Galvin was greeted in a true military fashion
Used with permission from Mark Rittinger ©2013
All Pictures © Ken Sims
Section leader Horace T. Sapp
"Atomic Dog" at the Motorpool
Training at Babenhausen
On the pooltable
The Goat meets the Hemmit
SSG. Mac, 4th section gun chief, A Battery
Burger king beats MRE's
Steel on Target
Powder burning at Graf
4/77 "Panthers in their San Diego
Football practice on the "Quad"
4/77 Organizational day
A Battery promotions
Lancaster and Smitty promoted to E4
Used with permission from Ken Sims ©2013
All Pictures © John MCKnight
C Battery, 4th Bn 77th FA
Outside C Battery
Used with permission from John MCKnight ©2011
All Pictures © Paul Shea
Part of First Gun Section
A Btry 4-77 FA
Big bullets for big guns
Paul Shea Smoking a cigarette on the outside of post.
The construction site in the background is the future 1/27 barracks
Used with permission from Paul Shea©2011
A M 548 on its way to the field, at a traffic light in Babenhausen
The same M548 passes the local Ford dealer
C Battery 4th Battalion 77th Field Artillery
All Pictures © Gery Katz
A M110 A2 track loaded up for Graf
The 4/77 Fa on its way to Graf. A M88, Two M 578s, Two M 577s and a M 548 waiting at the Babenhausen railhead.
C Battery 4/77 Fa - A M110A2 and a M548
4/77 Fire mission at Graf
Gary Katz at the 4/77 Fa battalion fire.
I just relayed the fire mission from the guns up to the guys in the main tacfire system. Believe it or not it was August 1985. I was standing on top of the M577 warming up from the exhaust blowing under my blanket.
SMLM Card we had to carry in the 80's.
We prounoced it smellum. It was a very interesting time then.
Used with permission from Gary Katz ©2010
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