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USA M102, 105mm, Howitzer

Rock Island Arsenal

 
 
USA M102, 105mm, Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2000
1. USA M102, 105mm, Howitzer Marker
Inscription. One of the successful projects at Rock Island Arsenal's Research and Development Division in 1961 and 1962 was the design and development of the XM37 cradle and recoil mechanism and the XM31 carriage for the XM102 howitzer.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 41° 31.053′ N, 90° 32.439′ W. Marker is in Rock Island, Illinois, in Rock Island County. Marker is on Rodman Avenue. Click for map. This Howitzer is in Rock Island Arsenal Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Island IL 61299, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 15-Inch Rodman Gun (a few steps from this marker); USA T131, 280mm, Heavy Motorized Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Armstrong (approx. 1.2 miles away); Blackhawk Purchase Treaty Commemorative (approx. 1.9 miles away in Iowa); Marion G. Crandell (approx. 2.1 miles away in Iowa); Lincoln and the Black Hawk War (approx. 5.4 miles away); Historic Davenport / Interstate 80 Bridge (approx. 6 miles away in Iowa); Hero Street, U.S.A. (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rock Island.
 
Categories. Military
 
USA M102, 105mm, Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2000
2. USA M102, 105mm, Howitzer
Entrance to Rock Island Arsenal Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2000
3. Entrance to Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Inside the Rock Island Arsenal Musuem image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2000
4. Inside the Rock Island Arsenal Musuem
Edward J. Moskala World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2000
5. Edward J. Moskala World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
He is buried in Rock Island National Cemetery, Section E, Site 293. He was Killed in Action. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *MOSKALA, EDWARD J. Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 383d Infantry, 96th Infantry Division Place and date: Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 9 April 1945 Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 21, 26 February 1946 Citation: He was the leading element when grenade explosions and concentrated machinegun and mortar fire halted the unit's attack on Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he charged 40 yards through withering, grazing fire and wiped out 2 machinegun nests with well-aimed grenades and deadly accurate fire from his automatic rifle. When strong counterattacks and fierce enemy resistance from other positions forced his company to withdraw, he voluntarily remained behind with 8 others to cover the maneuver. Fighting from a critically dangerous position for 3 hours, he killed more than 25 Japanese before following his surviving companions through screening smoke down the face of the ridge to a gorge where it was discovered that one of the group had been left behind, wounded. Unhesitatingly, Pvt. Moskala climbed the bullet-swept slope to assist in the rescue, and, returning to lower ground, volunteered to protect other wounded while the bulk of the troops quickly took up more favorable positions. He had saved another casualty and killed 4 enemy infiltrators when he was struck and mortally wounded himself while aiding still another disabled soldier. With gallant initiative, unfaltering courage, and heroic determination to destroy the enemy, Pvt. Moskala gave his life in his complete devotion to his company's mission and his comrades' well-being. His intrepid conduct provided a lasting inspiration for those with whom he served
Frank P. Witek, World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2000
6. Frank P. Witek, World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
He is buried in Rock Island National Cemetery, Section E, Site 72. He was Killed in Action. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *WITEK, FRANK PETER Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division, during the Battle of Finegayen at Guam, Marianas, on 3 August 1944. When his rifle platoon was halted by heavy surprise fire from well-camouflaged enemy positions, Pfc. Witek daringly remained standing to fire a full magazine from his automatic at point-blank range into a depression housing Japanese troops, killing 8 of the enemy and enabling the greater part of his platoon to take cover. During his platoon's withdrawal for consolidation of lines, he remained to safeguard a severely wounded comrade, courageously returning the enemy's fire until the arrival of stretcher bearers, and then covering the evacuation by sustained fire as he moved backward toward his own lines. With his platoon again pinned down by a hostile machinegun, Pfc. Witek, on his own initiative, moved forward boldly to the reinforcing tanks and infantry, alternately throwing handgrenades and firing as he advanced to within 5 to 10 yards of the enemy position, and destroying the hostile machinegun emplacement and an additional 8 Japanese before he himself was struck down by an enemy rifleman. His valiant and inspiring action effectively reduced the enemy's firepower, thereby enabling his platoon to attain its objective, and reflects the highest credit upon Pfc. Witek and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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