With the 224th in Florida circa 1943

My dad behind the wheel of his “5×5” in the orange groves of central Florida

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.

Pete's team putting up wire for the battery telco system

Pete’s team putting up wire for the battery telco system

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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Running wire included climbing poles. That's my dad Pete at left

Running wire included climbing poles. That’s my dad Pete at left