2-29 FA

 

29th Field Artillery Regiment Crest

2d Battalion, 29th Field Artillery

"Fidelis et Verus"

("Faithful and True")

"Pathfinders"

(Baumholder, Germany)

 


The 2d Battalion, 29th Field Artillery (Pathfinders) was originally one of the three organic Direct Support (DS) Field Artillery Battlations of 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Division Artillery (DIVARTY). During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the battalion joined the 42d Field Artillery Brigade of VII Corps Artillery as General Support (GS) Field Artillery Battalion. Because of this GS organization, the battalion's organic fire support element (FSE) did NOT deploy. (The FSE is organic to DS Field Artillery battalions, but not needed for a battalion routinely in the GS role.) 2-29 FA battalion deployed to Southwest Asia on or about 2 January 1991 from Baumholder, Germany. During the ground offensive, 2-29 FA supported 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Armored Division, 1st Infantry Division, and the 3d Armored Division. The Pathfinder's role with the Third Armored Division was as a Reinforcing (R) battalion to the 2d Battalion, 3d Field Artillery in Direct Support of the Ready First Combat Team.

2-29 FA remained in theater until 4 May 1991 (the return date of 20 July 1991 on the DA General Orders for the Valorous Unit Award is most likely incorrect). Upon reployment to Germany, 2-29 FA rejoined the 8 ID DIVARTY. Soon after that, elements of the 3d Armored Division and 8th Infantry Division combined to form the "new" 1st Armored Division (reflagged 8 ID headquarters). 2-29 FA served for approximately two years as a direct support FA battalion in 1st Armored Division DIVARTY. The 2-29 FA was transferred to Ft. Lewis, Washington in 1994, and was reflagged as 1-37 FA on 16 April 1995.

Most of the section-level leadership positions and above are filled in the roster, but very few of the E1 to E5 positions/names have been identified. I have a complete roster of the battalion, but do not have linked positions. I will eventually publish this list in alphabetical order so others can identify positions/batteries. Any input would be greatly appreciated. If you can add or correct any information, see the bottom of the page for contact information. Many of the names we currently have came from the 2d Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Desert Storm Combat Historical Summary.

Specific information requests of the 2-29 FA veterans out there:

1. Any names/positions you can send me.

2. Any photos (*.jpg preferrably) and/or e-mail addresses you can send me to link to names in the rosters.

 


2d Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Roster

 

Roster Directory:

Battalion Headquarters and Staff

Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB)

Brigade FSE – The Fire Support Element remained in Germany because this battalion served as GS battalion.

A Battery

B Battery

C Battery

Service Battery

 

NOTE: A position presented in hypertext indicates a link to a photo of the soldier; a name presented in hypertext indicates an e-mail link.


Battalion Headquarters and Staff
 Position Name & Rank Remarks
Battalion Commander Stratman, Henry W. LTC Pathfinder 6; now General Officer
BN CDR's HMMWV Driver Clark, Michael SPC  
Battalion Executive Officer Kirby, Michael A. MAJ  
Command Sergeant Major Phillips, Robert H. 1SG  Formerly 1SG of Bravo Battery; acting CSM during Desert Storm because assigned CSM did not deploy
S1 – Adjutant Rice, Robert J. CPT  
S1 NCOIC (PAC Chief) Johnson, Joseph V. SSG(P)  
S1 NCO Neilson, John C. SGT  
S2 – Intelligence Officer Martini, Kim J. CPT  
S2 NCOIC Taylor, Warren P. MSG  
S3 – Operations Officer Zook David H. III MAJ  
S3 NCOIC Hougham, Steve C. MSG  
Assist. S3/Targeting Officer Miracle, William B. CPT 2006, LTC, FA Battalion Commander
Assist. S3 McDermott, Paul A. CPT  
Assist. S3 Lockett, Robert CPT  
S3 Operations NCO Taylor, Raymond G. SSG  
BN Liaison Officer (LNO) Badami, Victor CPT LNO to DIVARTY and 2-3 FA
BN Liaison NCO Markley, John M. SFC  
BN Fire Direction Officer (FDO) Braley, Keith W. CPT  
Asst. BN FDO Knudsen, Harold M. 1LT 2006, LTC, HQDA Army G8 Staff, Artillery Systems
BN FDC NCOIC Maurer, Terry A. SFC  
BN Assist. FDNCO Nelson, William D. SSG  
BN TACFIRE Operator (FDC) Arroyo, Oscar SSG  
S3 Section Personnel Bolanis, Lou SGT  
S3 Section Personnel    
S4 – Logistics Officer Irrig, Christopher W. CPT 2006, LTC, FA Battalion Cdr, Ft. Lewis
S4 NCOIC James, Roger L. SSG  
S4 Section Houdashelt, Randy SPC actually assigned to SVC/2-29 FA?
BN Signal Officer (SIGO) Lee, Timothy M. 1LT  
BN Signal NCOIC Wanzer, Larry MSG Commo Chief/Plt Sergeant
BN Comsec Custodian    
BN Chemical (NBC) Officer Crabtree, Brock W. 1LT  
BN NBC NCO Van Nus, Kenneth J. SFC  
Battalion Maintenance Officer Duncan, David J. CPT  
Battalion Maintenance Tech. Gruber, Michael L. CW2  
Battalion Maintenance NCO Ignacio, Joseph S. MSG  
Battalion Medical Officer Wygant, Richard L. Jr. CW3  
Chaplain Harrison, Wilbert  C. CHAP (CPT) Southern Baptist
Property Book Officer (PBO) Viera, Pedro CW2  Augmentee from 10th MTN DIV AVN BDE
     
     
     
     

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Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB)
 Position Name & Rank Remarks
Commander Hubbard, Jerry A. CPT  
First Sergeant Taylor, Willie F. 1SG Didn't deploy. Stayed back as Rear-detachment NCOIC
Commo Platoon Leader Cuevas, Robert SFC  
Commo Platoon Sergeant    
Wire Section Chief    
Radio Repair NCO Kunzler, Kenneth E. SGT  
Radio Repair Specialist Kunde, Jim SPC  
Radio Repair Specialist Aponte, Aldwin SPC  
Radio Repair Specialist/Driver Lemke, James PFC  
Recon/Survey Officer Coe, Tony 1LT  
Survey Platoon Sergeant Alvarado, Glenn SFC  
Survey Section    
Survey Section    
Survey Chief Alarie, Bruce R. SGT Also in C Battery
C Btry PADS Operator Duggan, Dale SPC  
NBC NCO    
NBC Vann, Brian SGT 13B Reassigned
Medic Platoon Sergeant McDonald, John J. SSG  
Medic Amore, Vincent SPC  
Medic Black, Chad B. SPC  
Medic Dunlap, Dennis SPC  
Medic Palmer, David SPC  
Medic Reed, Scott SPC  
Medic Smith, Weldon SPC  
Medic Hughes, Jody PFC Later a SGT with 10th CSH
Medic Jones, Victor PFC  
Medic Black, Christopher PV2  
Supply Sergeant Tuisamatatele, Bingham SSG  
Supply Specialist    
Armorer    
Armorer    
Maintenance NCO  Brown, David A. SSG  
Recovery Team NCO  Perez, Garbriel SGT  

PAC Section

     
Position Unknown Neilson, John C. SGT Website
Position Unknown Shamblin, Charles  

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A Battery
 Position Name & Rank Remarks
 Commander  Redding, David CPT 2006, LTC(ret)–HQDA Army G3 staff
 First Sergeant  Jimenez, Alex C. 1SG  
 CDR's HMMWV Driver    
 CDR's M113 TC    
 CDR's M113 Driver    
 1SG's Driver    
 Supply Sergeant  Bryan, Edward SGT(P)  
 NBC NCO  Stohlberg, Richard SGT(P)  
 Commo NCO  Sekulic, Robert SSG  
 Maintenance NCO  Ramirez, Benito SFC  
 Recovery Team NCO  Burt, John SGT  
 Survey Chief  Eddy, Ralph L. SGT  Why was there a survey team at battery level? This is usually consolidated into HHB as a BN section…

 1st Platoon

 Platoon Leader  Tetu, Michael T. 1LT 2006, LTC, AVN BN commander, Fort Riley
 Platoon Sergeant  Moore, Edward SFC  
 PL's HMMWV Driver    
 PSG's HMMWV Driver    
 Gunnery Sergeant  Williams, George SSG(P)  
 Fire Direction Officer  Zuch, Howard 1LT  
 Fire Direction NCO  Rhimmington, Walker SSG  
 Assist. FDNCO    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC M577 Driver    
 Gun 1 Chief  Hutson, James K.  
 Gun 1 Gunner    
 Gun 1 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 2 Chief  Collins, Hermann SSG  
 Gun 2 Gunner    
 Gun 2 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 3 Chief  Anderson, Leroy SSG  
 Gun 3 Gunner    
 Gun 3 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 4 Chief  Brinkley, John SSG Gun logo "Automatic Artillery"  Section logo "4th Posse"
 Gun 4 Gunner    
 Gun 4 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 4 Crew    
 Gun 4 Crew    
 Gun 4 Crew    
 Gun 4 Crew    

2nd Platoon

 Platoon Leader  Fittante, Michael F. 1LT  
 Platoon Sergeant  Daugherty, Robert SFC  
 PL's HMMWV Driver    
 PSG's HMMWV Driver    
 Gunnery Sergeant  Ison, John SFC  
 Fire Direction Officer  Johnson, Sylvester C. 2LT  
 Fire Direction NCO  Taylor, James SSG  
 Assist. FDNCO    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC M577 Driver    
 Gun 5 Chief  Barner, Joe H. SSG  
 Gun 5 Gunner    
 Gun 5 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 6 Chief  Sealy, Richard SSG  
 Gun 6 Gunner    
 Gun 6 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 7 Chief  Johnson, Dwayne SSG  
 Gun 7 Gunner    
 Gun 7 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 8 Chief  Graham, Fritz SSG  
 Gun 8 Gunner    
 Gun 8 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 9 Chief  Jose Ocasio Bosa, SSG  Can anyone explain why there is a ninth section?
 Gun 9 Gunner Ross, SGT  
 Gun 9 Assist. Gunner Thomas, James B.  
 Gun 9 Crew Montgomery, Keith See Keith's explanation for why there was a ninth section.
 Gun 9 Crew Brautigam, Albert B.  
Position Unknown Douglas MacNeil 1989-1991
     
     
     
     
     

 

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B Battery
 Position Name & Rank Remarks
 Commander  Mueller, Mark R. CPT  
 First Sergeant  Edwards, Phillip C. 1SG  
 CDR's HMMWV Driver    
 CDR's M113 TC    
 CDR's M113 Driver    
 1SG's Driver    
 Supply Sergeant  Wells, Vernon L. SSG  
 NBC NCO  Hall, Overton SPC  
 Commo NCO  Jacobs, Steven SSG  
 Maintenance NCO  Murray, John A. SSG  
 Recovery Team NCO  Dumas, Shane SGT  
 Survey Team NCO  Jones, Marvin SGT  

 1st Platoon

 Platoon Leader  Stoneham, Peter 1LT 2006, retired from FBI
 Platoon Sergeant  Winfield, Richard SFC  
 PL's HMMWV Driver    
 PSG's HMMWV Driver    
 Gunnery Sergeant  Laboy, Richard SFC  
 Fire Direction Officer  Patterson, Christopher 2LT  
 Fire Direction NCO  Haskins, Joseph J. SSG  
 Assist. FDNCO    
 FDC Specialist Rhanes, SPC  
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC M577 Driver    
 Gun 1 Chief  Lynch, Allison SSG  
 Gun 1 Gunner    
 Gun 1 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 2 Chief  Beckwith, Kevin L. SGT  
 Gun 2 Gunner    
 Gun 2 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 3 Chief  Cunningham, James R. SSG  
 Gun 3 Gunner    
 Gun 3 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 3 Crew    
 Gun 4 Chief  Palmer, Derrick E. SSG  
 Gun 4 Gunner    
 Gun 4 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 4 Crew    
 Gun 4 Crew    
 Gun 4 Crew    
 Gun 4 Crew    

2nd Platoon

 Platoon Leader  Sisson, Rodney E. 1LT 2006, LTC, Foreign Area Officer, Portugal
 Platoon Sergeant  Nesbitt, Warren S.C. SFC  
 PL's HMMWV Driver    
 PSG's HMMWV Driver    
 Gunnery Sergeant  Rivera-Menendez, Louis R. SSG Currently Retired, USAR, 1SG
 Fire Direction Officer  Bradley, Scott A. 1LT  
 Fire Direction NCO  McNeil, Edwin SSG  
 Assist. FDNCO    
 FDC Specialist DeJesus, Freddie SPC  
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC M577 Driver    
 Gun 5 Chief  Burgos, Michael V. SSG  
 Gun 5 Gunner    
 Gun 5 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 6 Chief  Price, Rickey N. SSG  
 Gun 6 Gunner    
 Gun 6 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 7 Chief    
 Gun 7 Gunner  Carrasquillo, Jorge Luis SSG  
 Gun 7 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 8 Chief    
 Gun 8 Gunner  Smith, Tony P. SGT  
 Gun 8 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 8 Crew  Payne, Thomas SPC  
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Unknown Position  Mehler, Douglas-John  
     
     
     
     
     

 

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C Battery
 Position Name & Rank Remarks
 Commander  Eichler, John F. CPT  
 First Sergeant  Sanders, Ronald H. 1SG  
 CDR's HMMWV Driver    
 CDR's M113 TC    
 CDR's M113 Driver    
 1SG's Driver    
 Supply Sergeant Valle, Samuel SSG  
 NBC NCO Arnold, Gabriel S. SPC  
 Commo NCO Rodriquez, David SSG  
 Maintenance NCO Bartlett, Dennis B. SSG  
 Recovery Team NCO Kitch, Michael E. SPC  
 Survey NCO Alarie, Bruce R. SGT  
Position Unknown Herbert Long  

 1st Platoon

 Platoon Leader  Barr, Ryan C. 1LT  
 Platoon Sergeant  Orr, Kenneth R. SFC  
 PL's HMMWV Driver    
 PSG's HMMWV Driver    
 Gunnery Sergeant  Harden, Brett D. SFC  
 Fire Direction Officer  Brewster, Mark D. 2LT  
 Fire Direction NCO  Burke, Stephen A. SGT  
 Assist. FDNCO  Gerard, Sean SGT  
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC M577 Driver    
 Gun 1 Chief  Miller, Thomas SSG  
 Gun 1 Gunner Lethonen, Robert SGT  
 Gun 1 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 1 Crew    
 Gun 2 Chief  Nevil, William A. SSG  
 Gun 2 Gunner    
 Gun 2 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 2 Crew    
 Gun 3 Chief Butler, Albert E. SGT  
 Gun 3 Gunner Arana, Robert C. SGT  
 Gun 3 Assist. Gunner    
Gun 3 Ammo Team Chief Littrell, Robert CPL  
 Gun 3 M109 Driver Ogans, Robert SPC  
 Gun 3 M991 FAASV Driver Willingham, Michael SPC  
 Gun 3 Crew Atmodimedjo, Nardy SPC  
 Gun 3 Crew Valecillo, Jorge SPC  
 Gun 3 Crew Garcia, PFC  
 Gun 3 Crew Nobles, Nathan PFC Deserted while on Emergency Leave?
 Gun 4 Chief Blue, Michael SSG  
 Gun 4 Gunner Marshall, SGT  
 Gun 4 Assist. Gunner Catrell, Jeffery SPC  
 Gun 4 Ammo Team Chief Savage, Maurice D. SGT  
Gun 4 M109A3 Driver Maxwell, SPC  
 Gun 4 FAASV Driver Beanum, SPC  
 Gun 4 Cannoneer #2 Parnell, SPC  
 Gun 4 Cannoneer #3 Cortes, SPC  

2nd Platoon

 Platoon Leader Peterson, Kenneth M. 1LT 2006, LTC, Battalion Commander, 3ID
 Platoon Sergeant Flake, William L. SFC  
 PL's HMMWV Driver    
 PSG's HMMWV Driver    
 Gunnery Sergeant Williams, David L. SFC  
 Fire Direction Officer Haddon, Coll S. 2LT  
 Fire Direction NCO Miller, Rodney K. SSG  
 Assist. FDNCO    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC Specialist    
 FDC M577 Driver    
 Gun 5 Chief  Keever, Sean S. SGT  
 Gun 5 Gunner    
 Gun 5 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 5 Crew Procter, Steven O SPC  
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 5 Crew    
 Gun 6 Chief  Perez, Adeli SSG  
 Gun 6 Gunner    
 Gun 6 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 6 Crew    
 Gun 7 Chief  Andre, David J. SGT  
 Gun 7 Gunner    
 Gun 7 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 7 Crew    
 Gun 8 Chief  Wallace, Lorenzo F. SSG  
 Gun 8 Gunner    
 Gun 8 Assist. Gunner    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    
 Gun 8 Crew    

 

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Service Battery
Position  Name & Rank Remarks
 Commander  Hunkins, Ralph H. CPT  
 Executive Officer    
 First Sergeant  Altice, Norman L. 1SG  
 Battalion Ammo Officer (BAO)  Danner, John K. CPT  
 Battalion Ammo NCO  Dunbar, William L. SFC  
 Supply Sergeant  McCall, Norman M. SSG  
 Commo NCO  Crayton, Rodney G. SGT  
 NBC NCO  Robinson, Richard E. SGT  
 Maintenance NCO  Wheeler, James R. SSG  
 Recovery NCO  Robbins, Michael A. SGT  
 POL NCO  Patrick, Darius L. SGT  
 Mess NCO  Oliver, Gordon W. SFC  
MST Chief Maywood, Richard W. SSG 2004 Retired as 1SG
     
     
     

According to Keith Montgomery, 4/29FA sent two platoons in support of Desert Storm; A 2d Platoon and C 2d Platoon. SPC Thomas, James B. (?) and Keith were sent from C 1st Platoon to accompany the 2d Platoon and were assigned to SSG Ocasio's section. After arriving at the KKMC, the two platoons were broken into sections and sent to different units. SSG Ocasio's section was sent to the 42d Brigade FA and from there to the 2/29. There they were greeted by the Battalion Commander who informed SSG Ocasio that he had turned the "float" ammo track into a Command vehicle and that he was to man the float gun with a five man crew. That crew was: SSG Ocasio; Gunner, SGT Ross; Asst Gunner, SPC James B. Thomas; #1 cannoneer and advanced party, PFC Keith H. Montgomery; driver/powder, PVT Albert B. Brautigam. This crew was attached to 2/29 from 1FEB91 to 31APR91 when they returned to the 4/29 FA in Baumholder, Germany.

 

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