The Story of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion
My name is Chip Chapin. My father, 1st Lieutenant Charles A. Chapin,
served in the 115th (HQ Battery) and was one of the original contributors
to the battalion history. When I found The
Story of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion among his effects after
he passed away in 1998, I soon discovered that it afforded a wonderful,
personal look into the experiences and accomplishments of this particular
band of citizen-soldiers. Their motivation and dedication is evident as
they are transmuted from civilians and strangers into a well-drilled team.
It is clear that they take pride in their skills. And yet there is always
the overriding certainty that these men are in the Army to do a job and
go home. And while they eagerly anticipate firing their big guns, they
harbor no romantic illusions regarding the universal horror of war.
Since April 2001, the full text of The Story
of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion, including all illustrations,
has been presented here. Full access originally required a membership
fee, but since early April 2005 full access is now free to all.
Also new in April 2005, I have finally finished adding
the text and illustrations of B Battery's own history, Symphony
in B-Flak. Several years ago I was able to locate and obtain
this volume via the internet from a London bookseller, and began
the task of transcription, but only now have finished it. I've heard
a rumor that C Battery may also have prepared a unit history. If
any readers have more information, on this or other material I'd
be grateful to hear about it.
This site, therefore, is dedicated to telling the story of the men of
the 115th. If you have any interest in the 115th, I invite you to peruse
these pages with my complements. And while membership is no
longer required to read all the pages of this site, I encourage
anyone who's seriously interested to help show their support by registering as a Member.
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