West Columbia in Lexington County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
319th Bombardment Group
Activated in 1942 and stationed here at Columbia Army Air Base February through April of 1945, the 319th participated in many World War II campaigns in Europe and the Pacific. The group has recieved numerous honors, including two Presidential Unit Citations and France's Croix de Guerre from General Charles de Gaulle.
Erected 1986 by The 319th Bomb Group Reunion Association. (Marker Number 32-17.)
Location. 33° 56.873′ N, 81° 7.675′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, South Carolina, in Lexington County. Marker is on Airport Blvd, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia SC 29170, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bombardment Groups (here, next to this marker); Columbia Army Air Base / The Doolittle Raiders (here, next to this marker); The Doolittle Raiders (here, next to this marker); Springdale (approx. 1.3 miles away); Camp Moore (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Sycamore Tree (approx. 2.9 miles away); Congaree Fort The Cherokee Path (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church / Temperance Hall (approx. 3½ miles away); Emily Geiger (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
Also see . . .
1. History of the 319th. Bomb Group. ...became the first Army Air Force unit to be redeployed into the Pacific theater, after a period of retraining in the Douglas A-26 Invader at Columbia Army Air Base. (Submitted on August 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Wikipedia entry for the Presidential Unit Citation. ...for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after 7 December 1941. (Submitted on August 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Wikipedia entry for the Croix de Guerre. ... commonly bestowed to foreign military forces allied to France and Belgium ... for acts of heroism involving combat with enemy forces. (Submitted on August 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
4. 319th Operations Group (Constituted as the 319th Bombardment Group). The 319th Operations Group (319 OG) is the flying component of the 319th Air Refueling (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. 319 Operations Group: Air Force Historical Research Agency. Stations. Barksdale Field, LA, 26 Jun 1942; Harding Field, LA, 8-27 Aug 1942; Shipdham, England, 12 Sep 1942; Horsham St Faith, England, c. 4 Oct 1942; St-Leu, Algeria, c. 11 Nov 1942; Tafaraoui, Algeria, 18 Nov 1942; Maison Blanche, Algeria, 24 Nov 1942; Telergma, Algeria, c. 12 Dec 1942; Oujda, French Morocco, 3 Mar 1943; Rabat/Sale, French Morocco, 25 Apr 1943; Sedrata, Algeria, 1 Jun 1943; Djedeida, Tunisia, 26 Jun 1943; Decimomannu, Sardinia, c. 1 Nov 1943; Serragia, Corsica, c. 21 Sep 1944-1 Jan 1945; Bradley Field, CT, 25 Jan 1945; Columbia AAB, SC, c. 28 Feb-27 Apr 1945; Kadena, Okinawa, c. 2 Jul 1945; Machinato, Okinawa, 21 Jul-21 Nov 1945; Ft Lewis, WA, 17-18 Dec 1945. Mitchel Field, NY, 27 Dec 1946; Reading Muni Aprt, PA, 27 Jun-2 Sep 1949. Birmingham Muni Aprt, AL, 10 Oct 1949-22 Mar 1951. Memphis Muni Aprt, TN, 18 May 1955-16 Nov 1957. Grand Forks AFB, ND, 1 Sep 1991-.Current patch see below, from Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota (Submitted on August 23, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Military • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,318 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3. submitted on August 16, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 4. submitted on August 26, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5. submitted on August 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.