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- Robert G. Shindler *** U.S. Army
*** WWII 1943-1946
40 other Pittsfield area men Bob entered into the Army on March
17, 1943. Of this group, 32 were selected to form the
776th Anti Aircraft and Artillery, Automatic Weapons Battalion.
They received basic training at Camp Davis, North Carolina. Further
advanced weaponry and live fire training of the 40mm canons and
50 caliber "Quad 50's took place at Camp Fisher. Their 1st
overseas assignment found them guarding Falmouth and Plymouth
harbors in England from German Aircraft and landed in France
in July 1944. The "Liberty Bell Battalion" is credited
in destroying many aircraft protecting critical bridges, airfields
and railroads as the Allied Forces advanced across France, with
VJ Day finding them on the Rhine River in Germany. He was discharged
January 8, 1946.
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