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The 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment (3-319th AFAR) is a field artillery battalion in direct support of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Known as the "Gun Devils", 3-319th AFAR has participated in battles from World War I to the current day, and is one of the most highly decorated field artillery units in the United States Army.[1]

History Edit

The 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment has its origins in C Battery, 319th Field Artillery. During World War I, the Battalion participated in three major offenses: St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Lorraine.[1] In World War II, the battalion participated in campaigns in North Africa, Chuinzi Pass, Italy, and the Battle of the Bulge.[1]

C Battery, 319th AFAR deployed to Vietnam in support of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, becoming the first American artillery unit to fire artillery in the Vietnam War.[2][1]

In Operation Just Cause, A Battery, 3-319th AFAR conducted a parachute drop of its howitzers, assisting in defeating the Panamanian Defense Forces.[1]

3-319th AFAR supported the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division during the Gulf War.[1] A few years later, C Battery, 3-319th deployed to Kosovo.[1]

The battalion deployed to Afghanistan in 2005.[1] The battalion has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, once in 2007 and again in 2009 with 1st Brigade Combat Team to Al Asad Airbase.[1]

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