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6th Battalion - 32nd Field Artillery Regiment

The 6-32 Field Artillery Battalion is a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) battalion.

On order, the battalion deploys to the designated theater of operations and provides conventional fires as part of the 212th FA Brigade or in direct support of a contingency headquarters.

The 32nd Field Artillery Regiment was organized at Camp Meade, Maryland, in 1918, and assigned to the 11th Division. The World War ended before the Regiment could enter the fray, and it was demobilized before the year was out. On October 1, 1940, the 2nd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery was redisignated the 32nd Field Artillery Battalion, an organic unit of the 1st Infantry Division, and Activated at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont. By regulation, the 32nd Artillery lost all rights to honors and history earned by the 2nd Battalion, 7th Artillery. By the end of World War II, however, the Proud Americans could be found wanting neither honors nor history.

At 0120 Hours on November 8, 1942, as part of Operation Torch, the 32nd Field Artillery landed in Algeria and had the first artillery piece in position and ready to fire within two hours of landing. At 1020 Hours, the Proud Americans claimed the first artillery round fired by U.S. Artillery against an enemy in the European-African, Middle Eastern Theater in World War II.

The 32nd Field Artillery Battalion saw action in 1943 in the Tunisian Campaign, and in the Battle for Kasserine Pass, where the Proud Americans earned the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. At the Battle of El Guettar, the Battalion, along with the rest of the 1st Infantry Division, was overrun by the entire 10th German SS Panzer Division. Forced to destroy their guns and withdraw fighting, the Proud Americans nevertheless were back in action again within hours and in time to repulse a second assault. For its gallant stand and determined combat spirit at El Guettar, the Battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

During the invasion of Europe, the 1st Infantry Division and the 32nd Field Artillery Battalion spearheaded the attack at the most difficult point -- Omaha Beach. In the bloodiest and most chaotic of the D-Day landings, the 32nd Field Artillery Battalion was the first complete artillery unit in action on Omaha Beach, and is credited with the first Allied Field Artillery round fired in the invasion. The unequaled support rendered by the Proud Americans to their supported infantry resulted in the award of a second Criox de Guerre and the forwarding of a recommendation for a second Presidential Unit Citation.

The 32nd Field Artillery drove eastward with the 18th Combat Team, and on Setember 11, 1944, Battery C, claimed the first round fired onto German Soil by an Allied unit in World War II.

In 1957, under the Combat Arms Regimental System, the 32nd Field Artillery Battalion was redesignated as a parent regiment for six new Artillery Battalions. The 6th Howitzer Battalion, 32nd Artillery was activated on September 10, 1962, at Fort Lewis, Washington. The Battalion saw combat in Vietnam and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. The Battalion supported 85 operations, including the TET Offensive. After returning from Vietnam in 1971, the 6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery was deactivated at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

In 1987, the 6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, was redesignated the 6th Battalion (LANCE), 32nd Field Artillery, and in 1991, the Battalion converted to the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). In February, 1993, the Proud Americans deployed to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in support of the III Corps Exercise CONOPS 93-05, the first deployment of an MLRS Battalion to the National Training Center. In February and March, 1994 the 6th Battalion(MLRS), 32nd Field Artillery conducted a highly successful deployment to 29 Palms Marine Air/Ground Combat Center, California, and in 1995, deployed to White Sands Missile Range.

In 1995, the Proud Americans were first again. The Battalion deployed the first MLRS O/I section to the National Training Center. Never resting on its laurels, the Battalion went back to White Sands Missile Range in 1996, for another successful AEE and live fire exercise.

During 200, 6-32 FA (MLRS) "Proud Americans" began the year with a November-December NTC rotation with the 2d Brigade, 3d IN Division. The battalion completed a challenging EXEVAL in May, which included deploying one firing battery to Fort Riley, Kansas. The Proud Americans deployed a firing platoon to Fort Knox in July to support USMA summer training. In August, key battalion lead-ers deployed to Grafenwoehr, Germany, to administer an EXEVAL to 1-27 FA (MLRS), 41st FA Brigade.

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