August 21, 2013
During the summer of 1943 the battalion lived and worked in central Florida. I’m adding words from the book and pictures from Dad’s album to give view of what the men were doing.
Once the battalion arrived in July, they were “Placed under administrative jurisdiction of the 10th Provisional AA Group, located at Apopka, Florida; positions were taken up at Cannon Mills 30 July and in Kissimmee on 31 July. At this time plotting board personnel began training in the Synthetic Operations Room. Command procedure in new techniques were explained and practiced.” Kissimmee is now the home of Disney World!!! My dad’s section in “C” Battery were learning by doing while setting up telephone communications for the battery. Part of this work included climbing poles. My dad said he enjoyed the challenge, but had great respect for the possible dangers of that job.
Each battery had a telephone system with a simple switchboard. The crew manned the board by turn to keep the battery communications running.
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