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FROSTBITE, AND THE TRIP HOME
Wounded and frostbite victims in an aid station in Belgium during the Bulge The 83rd division was taken out of the line on January 20th the 331st regiment was holed up near Aisne Belgium. This is where Uncle Rolland left the 331st never to return. On January 22nd 1945 two days after the division’s role in the Battle of the Bulge was over. Uncle Rolland checked into the 65th Evac hospital complaining that his feet hurt. He had fallen asleep in a ditch during the fighting around Bouviny when he awoke the next morning the temperatures had fallen significantly during the night and he was frozen from the waist down. From the 65th Evac he was moved to the 150th field hospital and then from there to the 67th General Hospital in England. Finally on May 13th five days after the war was officially over he was transported back to the U.S. to a convalescent Hospital at Fort Story in Virginia Beach Va.
FORT STORY CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL
This is possibly the Ft Story Convalescent Hospital or the BOQ. My source is not 100% certain however this has been the most likely place for the Hospital. This and other photos courtesy of Mr. Steve Harrington and the Fort Story Archives
Fort Story dates back to 1914 when the Virginia General assembly ceded 343 acres to the Federal Government for military purposes. Construction of powder magazines and projectile rooms began in 1916, and in 1917 Fort Story was established as a coast artillery garrison.
As World War II approached. Fort Story began an extensive development. Many of the facilities that exist today at Fort Story, were constructed during this period. The reservation increased in size to 1439.18 acres, an additional 11.82 acres were acquired in 1963 this increased the reservation to its present 1,451 acres. In 1940 temporary artillery batteries were added to battery Pennington until the permanent batteries could be constructed. These temporary batteries consisted of four 12 inch railway mortars, four 8-inch railway guns and four 155 MM guns. The two 16-inch howitzers making up battery Pennington ”B” were redesignated Battery Walke in 1940.
"No. 1" battery at Fort Story, Virginia
While work was being done on the additional permanent batteries during 1940-41, other facilities were being constructed such as the theater, chapel, fire station, mess halls, barracks. Officer and NCO Clubs, shops, and other administrative type buildings. By 1942, the permanent batteries were beginning to be completed. Among those finished in 1942 were Battery No. 5 (mounting two 6-inch guns, M1903A2), and Battery No. 21 (mounting two 90-millimeter fixed guns, AAM1). The temporary railway batteries were removed by the end of 1942. During 1943, these batteries were accepted: Battery No. 1, Ketcham (mounting two 16-inch Navy rifles MK II, M1), Battery No. 4 (mounting two 16-inch Navy rifles MK II, M1), Battery No. 10 (mounting two 6-inch guns, M1), and Battery No. 19 (two 3-inch guns, 1902 M1). The underground plotting room for Battery No. 1 was also completed in 1943. The year 1944 saw the completion of Battery No. 31 (mounting three 3-inch anti-aircraft guns, fixed, M1917), and the underground plotting room for Battery No 4. Additional powder magazines and projectile rooms were constructed for Walke Battery in 1944 as were six additional underground storage bunkers. By the end of 1944, Fort Story had, in addition to the mine Battery No. 7, a total of 35 guns ranging from 16-lnches to 90-millimeters. It also had 19 seacoast searchlights.
Fort Story map
In December 1941, the Headquarters of the Harbor Defense Command was moved from Fort Monroe to Fort Story. Two additional harbor defense installations were added to the network in 1941. Fort John Curtis which was acquired in 1940 from the Wise estate, known as "Kiptopeke", was manned 19 December 1941 by Battery "D" 246th Coast Artillery. Also in December 1941, approximately 10,000 square feet were acquired from the Pennsylvania Railroad adjacent to the railroad ferry landing in Princess Anne County on Little Creek to be used as a mine base. The little mine base accommodated the mine planters and minelaying batteries attached to the Harbor Defenses for mine field operations. With this expansion, the entrance to Chesapeake Bay was well protected with Forts Story and John Curtis on opposite sides of the entrance. Fort Monroe and Fort Wool on the interior and a mine base of operations out of Little Creek. On 1 March 1944,
Fort Story Convalescent Cottages, these bungalows were used for wounded patients
the Chesapeake Bay sector of the Harbor Defenses was inactivated, and control passed to Headquarters, Southeastern Sector, Eastern Defense Command, Raleigh, North Carolina. By September 1944, Fort Story began a transition from a heavily fortified coast artillery garrison to a convalescent hospital. The steady influx of wounded men coming in from the European Theatre of Operations necessitated the expansion of hospital facilities. At the time of its closing on 15 March 1946, the hospital had accommodated over 13,472 patients. Though it was designed for a capacity of 1,800 beds there were at one time 2,700 patients on the rolls, with 900 on convalescent leave. Rolland arrived at Fort Story in May 1945 he spent two months here until he was released.
Uncle Rolland, Dad, and Aunt Angie circa 1957
Rolland was finally released on 25 July 1945 and sent home to his wife Angie. They remained in the Philadelphia area on York Street for many years. In the late 1960s he moved from Philly to New Port Richey, near Pasco, Florida, where he remained in peace until his death on August 31, 1992. Angie joined him two months later. Rolland never spoke about the war to anyone. He had seen and done many things that he wanted to forget, but couldn't. While researching for his story I came across his VA records. The records told of serious combat neurosis that affected him up to the time he passed away. Only one time did he ever discuss the war with anyone, and that was to my father after viewing the movie "The Longest Day" in 1962. My father still vividly recalls his stories to this day. The stories that he passed on to me and I now pass onto all.
The story of the 83rd continues even though Uncle Rolland was evacuated on 22 January 1945. The 83rd went on to fight in the Rhineland campaign and to great fame when they crossed the Elbe river and were within 65 miles of Berlin when they were ordered to stop.
Has it been a while since you climbed the Cape Henry Lighthouse?
There's an opportunity to experience this historic landmark from the ground up Thursday during an illumination event.
Guests must be at least 42 inches tall to climb, and a $5 donation is encouraged.
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story partners with the city and Preservation Virginia, the nonprofit that owns the lighthouse, for the event each year.
"It's a military celebration that's open to the public," said Lois Stickles, site coordinator.
White lights will hang from the catwalk to the ground and inside the tower's spiral, iron staircase.
Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with caroling and a visit from Santa Claus. The illumination will take place at 5:15 p.m.
The lighthouse will remain lit during the holiday season for residents of the Fort Story family housing neighborhood to enjoy.
"It's something special to see during the night," said Spencer Layne, the base's public affairs officer.
The public can visit and climb the lighthouse seven days a week, year-round, except certain holidays. For hours and cost, visit http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/cape-henry-lighthouse.
Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern…
If you have ever been stationed on Fort Story you will remember Running on the Beach hearing the Crunch Crunch of the Horse Shoe Crabs..... Uugggg one thing I will never forget!!!
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1965–1966
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1966–1967
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1968
Army Superior Unit Award for AUG-OCT 1994
Army Superior Unit Award for OCT-DEC 1994
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007–2008
OEF/OIF Rotation 1, -Kuwait 2002-2003(Shuaiba Port)
World War II: Sicily (with arrowhead); Rome-Arno; Southern France; Rhineland
Vietnam: Defense; Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970
Constituted 1 May 1936 in the Regular Army as the 396th Quartermaster Battalion
Activated 1 October 1941 at Fort Hamilton, New York
Converted and redesignated 17 September 1942 as the 396th Port Battalion, Transportation Corps
Battalion broken up 23 March 1944 and its elements reorganized and redesignated as follows: Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 396th Port Battalion
(Companies A, B, C, and D as the 692d, 693d, 694th, and 695th Port Companies, respectively-hereafter separate lineages)
Inactivated 13 March 1946 in France
Redesignated 29 September 1948 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 11th Transportation Port Battalion
Activated 4 October 1948 at Fort Eustis, Virginia
Reorganized and redesignated 27 December 1950 as Headquarters and Headquarters and Service Company, 11th Transportation Port Battalion
Reorganized and redesignated 1 November 1952 as Headquarters, 11th Transportation Port Battalion
Reorganized and redesignated 1 December 1953 as Headquarters and Headquarters and Service Company, 11th Transportation Port Battalion
Reorganized and redesignated 2 October 1954 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 11th Transportation Battalion
Inactivated 12 February 1970 in Vietnam
Redesignated 3 April 1972 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, and activated at Fort Eustis, Virginia
The 11th Transportation Battalion was originally constituted on 1 May 1936 in the Regular Army as the 396th Quartermaster Battalion (Port). The Transportation Corps was not established until 1942. On 17 September 1942, the Battalion was converted and re-designated as the 396th Port Battalion in the Transportation Corps.
The Battalion served with distinction during World War II, participating in the first large-scale Logistics Over The Shore mission during the 1943 invasion of Sicily. Later, the Battalion was in charge of several marshaling yards in France and in Germany.
On 29 September 1948, the Battalion was re-designated as the 11th Transportation Port Battalion. Later, the Battalion was reorganized and re-designated as the 11th Transportation Battalion. During the Vietnam War, the Battalion also served with distinction receiving three Meritorious Unit Commendations and numerous campaign credits spanning the period of 1965 through 1970.
Although the Battalion headquarters did not deploy to the Gulf War, over 500 soldiers attached to four units were sent to augment the 7th Transportation Group. In the fall of 1994, the Battalion deployed to Haiti, in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, and again served with distinction receiving the Army Superior Unit Award. Immediately afterward, the Battalion deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Vigilant Warrior.
Since then the Battalion has participated in numerous joint and combined exercises both in and out of CONUS. In January 2003 the Battalion deployed again to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedoms.
Today, the 11th Transportation Battalion conducts multi-modal and terminal transportation operations. It consists of over 850 Soldiers who practice 27 different military occupational specialties in Seaport Operations Companies, an Inland Cargo Transfer Company, a Headquarters Detachment, a Harbormaster Detachment, and an Automated Cargo Documentation Detachment in support of the 7th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Eustis, Virginia. The Battalion currently has deployment rotations in continuous support of the global war on terrorism.
The 11th Transportation Battalion ("Over the Shore") is a transportation battalion of the United States Army first formed in 1936. The 11th Transportation Battalion is a subordinate unit of the 7th Sustainment Brigade.
The 7th Transportation Group was the "Army's Navy." The 7th Transportation Group was the only Composite Transportation Group within the Active Component of the U.S. Army. The 7th Transportation Group has served around the world in time of conflict since its activation in 1942. The 7th Transportation Group executes such missions like the annual Joint Logistics-Over-the-Shore [JLOTS] operations.
The 7th Transportation Group's mission is to "conduct multi-modal transportation operations in support of the reception, staging, and onward movement of joint and/or combined forces into a theater of operations" and the pictures on this slide highlight the diversity of that mission. While the focus is normally on the group's ability to operate common-user seaports, coastal and inland waterway MSRs, theater rail terminals and local and line haul truck transportation, the group's capabilities extend far beyond these functions. Watercraft are just one tool the 7th Group uses in its multi modal mission to support reception, staging and onward movement.
The group is structured with one Movement Control Battalion and two Terminal Battalions. All three battalions are composite and multi-functional. In total, the group has a current strength of just over 4000 soldiers and operates 59 vessels and in excess of 1100 ground vehicles. Almost a quarter of these vehicles are material handling equipment.
The unit supports all branches of the service by moving troops, equipment, and supplies. It also performs humanitarian missions. To do this, the 7th Transportation Group operates ports, rail terminals, and coastal and inland watch ways all over the world. Operation Uphold Democracy Haiti/Retrograde is an example of a recent deployment of 7th Transportation Group personnel.
During World War II, the 7th Transportation Group commanded ports in both the United Kingdom and Japan. During the Korean War, the 7th Group was redesignated as the 7th Medium Port and was responsible for all port operations in Pusan, Korea, in support of UN Forces. During the Vietnam War, the command provided a training base for the deployment of all watercraft and terminal service units deployed to the Republic of Vietnam.
During the Grenada evacuation operation, elements of the group deployed on two separate occasions to discharge and load cargo by sea and air. The command was called upon again during Operation Just Cause in Panama, where it deployed to provide airfield and control group support and functional services.
During the period of 1990 and 1991, the 7th Transportation Group played a key role in the success of Operations Desert Shield, Storm and Farewell. Within days of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, elements of the group began pouring into the Saudi desert. After the 82d Airborne Division, transporters from the 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Virginia were the next soldiers to deploy to the Middle East, readying the ports, air terminals and lines of communication for the rest of the U.S. military. Once the troops were in place, the 22d Support Command had to provide materiel and stores to the forward units. Until the arrival of the 32d Transportation Group in January, the 7th Transportation Group served as the Support Command's long-distance trucker as well as manager of the ports. Opening the first seaports and airfields, the command grew to 9,200 soldiers.
Little more than a year after the return from Saudi Arabia, the group became involved in the deployment of over 1,100 soldiers in support of Operation Restore Hope in December 1992. The last rotation of soldiers departed the Port of Mogadishu in April 1994 after the United Nations assumed command of the humanitarian operation. Four months later, the group was again involved in another humanitarian mission in Mombasa, Kenya, providing relief support to Rwanda during Operation Support Hope.
In September 1994, at the onset of Operation Uphold Democracy, the group deployed over 1,500 soldiers to Haiti, providing transportation support to U.S. and allied forces. During October 1994, the group deployed over 580 soldiers to southwest Asia in support of Operation Vigilant Warrior.
2LT Joseph Pittard of 89th Transportation Company, 6th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade receives an award for his Unit's Deployment Excellence.
Craney Island was one of several strategic landmarks in the 7th Transportation Group exercise called "Resolute Shamrock '95." The battalion-sized training event involved about 500 soldiers, collectively, from the group's four battalions. They included the 6th, 10th and 24th Trans. battalions from Fort Eustis, and the 11th Trans Bn. from Fort Story, Virginia, whose 309th Transportation Company is the only active-duty unit in the Army that operates the LARCs, the Army's only amphibious vehicles. About 100 soldiers from the U.S. Army Transportation School at Fort Eustis also participated in the exercise. Resolute Shamrock began 6 March, when the 24th Transportation Battalion was alerted to a simulated crisis situation. Within 24 hours, it had set up a processing center at Fort Eustis, where soldiers received shots and updated wills. About 300 of them underwent DNA testing, the results of which remain in their personnel files for identification purposes. Simultaneously, soldiers from the Causeway Company began reconfiguring one of the causeway piers that had been towed by tugboat from Fort Eustis to Craney Island. Back at Fort Eustis, 24th Transportation Battalion soldiers began moving a token number of their vehicles and equipment to Lambert's Point in Norfolk, Virginia. There other 7th Group soldiers and U.S. Army Transportation School students uploaded the materials, via another causeway pier, onto a fast sealift ship. LCU-2000s (landing craft, utility) and mike boats then transported the vehicles and equipment from the FSS to Craney Island. Later in the exercise, during operations at a secondary port at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base at Virginia Beach, the smaller craft came alongside a second LSV to offload cargo.
7th Group soldiers deployed to Hungary and Bosnia in December 1995 to support the NATO Implementation Force and continue to support this operation.
SGT Adam Anicich of 155th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade receives an award from Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston for his dissertation work on military recruiting.
From January through April 1996, 7th Group soldiers spearheaded the retrograde of U.S. Forces from Haiti. Since then the Group continues to operate around the world. In 1997, Group soldiers participated in exercises and operations in 17 countries. Group soldiers deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Thunder. The Defense Department was in charge of ground transportation for NATO's 50th anniversary summit in Washington DC, 23 to 25 April 1999. The District of Columbia National Guard Armory served as operations center for about 600 vehicles and 500 personnel, mainly soldiers from 6th Battalion, 7th Transportation Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia. A planning team from 7th Transportation Group was working with these units since first of the year.
The Army and Navy conducted a joint logistics over-the-shore (JLOTS) operation at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, California, as part of Exercise Turbo Patriot in September 2000. The 143rd Transportation Command, an Army Reserve headquarters from Orlando, Florida, oversaw the exercise. The 7th Transportation Group (Composite) from Fort Eustis, Virginia, the Navy's Amphibious Group Three from San Diego, and the Military Sealift Command provided forces, ships, and equipment. Equipment belonging to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, was loaded aboard the USNS Seay, a large, medium speed, roll-on-roll-off (LMSR) ship, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and sailed to the California coast. There the equipment was downloaded in the open ocean and moved to a bare beach by Army and Navy lighters.
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