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John Edward Batson
|Born||July 11, 1916, Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Parents||Sam Batson and Edna Jeraldine Batson|
Wayzata High School - Minnesota
|Branch of Service||Army
|Additional Identifiers||National Guard
|Service Timeframe||1940 - 1945|
|War/Conflict||World War Two 1939-1945
|Principal Units and Locations||
Battery C, 151st Field Artillery Battalion
34th Infantry Division -- North Africa and Italy
|Military Awards and Decorations||
Europe - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with 6 battle stars plus 1 bronze arrowhead device for Salerno amphibious landing.
Spring of 1941 - shortly before 151st Field Artillery Battalion headed for training at Camp Claiborne, La.
John and the 151st Field Artillery Battalion (part of the 34th Infantry Division) headed to N. Ireland for further training in Jan. 1942. Division went into combat in early 1943 in Algeria and Tunisia (N. Africa). Battalion was then part of the Salerno, Italy amphibious landing in Sept. 1943. Fought in Italy the remainder of WW2, ending up near the town of Turin. The 34th Division participated in the following campaigns: Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome, N. Appenines, and Po Valley. John served a total of 4 years/4 months/24 days of which 3 years/5 months/12 days were overseas.