Original 18th Artillery
away on 3-14-07
Sam McDaniel, a World War II Veteran, resides in
Valliant, Oklahoma. Sam joined the 18th Artillery in 1938 and went on to
see some of the more scenic parts of France and Belgium. Sam
participated in the D-Day invasion and entered France via Omaha Beach.
He traveled through France, Belgium and Germany providing artillery
support for the advancing allied troops. Sam was also there with the
to secure the Rhine crossing for General Patton. Never one to sit still
Sam had much more of the world to see and so he went on to Korea and
eventually retired as a Master Sergeant at 84 Sam has slowed down a little bit
but he is still very sharp and he will be providing us with more
pictures and some interesting history of the 18th. Sam graded the
artillery units at Iron Mountain California for efficiency training
before they were sent to Europe for the D-Day invasion of WWII.
Right -Sam is standing guard in front of 104,000
Left - Sam is at home holding shirt that shows A
Battery 3/18 Artillery 1st Section on fire mission, December '65.
Above - Sam, and two others, with the only
barber poll in Korea.