I was on the Monterey.
There were ships all over, everywhere you looked, to
protect the troops. The Monterey was very crowded.
Africa was very hot and muggy. I was there for two months,
May to July. Not much was going on there, it was mainly a time
for further training.
B Battery, 456th PFA, Africa
40 and 8 Box Car in Africa, 456th
In the 456th as well as in the 463rd Parachute Field Artillery I
was a member of the parachute rigger section, my job consisted
of handling the chutes an getting them ready. I jumped in
Sicily, and I remember lots of walking... marching on foot from
Gela, then to Trapani, I took part in a few battles.
I was at Anzio. We did what we were ordered to do, didn’t
know much about what was happening anywhere else. We stayed
around our gun positions. At night we were harassed by the
firing of the gun from enemy lines, known as “Anzio Annie”.
Gun known as Anzio Annie
At the end of Anzio, they took C and D Battery, and they were sent to England.
Headquarters, A and B battery stayed behind and
formed the 463rd. From there we went to Rome. Part of us stayed
at the Pope’s summer home in Lake Albano. Then we went to Lido
Formation before jump into Southern France,
at Lido di Roma
We jumped into Southern France, in a town called Le Muy. We
fought along the French Riviera (Nice, Cannes, and Antibes, and
Mentone). We stayed up in the Alps. I remember it being very
cold! I was probably in the battle for Jausiers but I don’t
remember, because we were in battles where we did not know the
names of the towns at the time.
Peter Chuba in the Alps
Southern France, 1944.
Camp in Southern France, 1944
Gun positions in Southern France,
Camouflage Shelter in the Alps,
Gun positions in Southern France,
At the time that we were en-route to Bastogne we just
followed orders and most of the time we just did not know where
we were. I remember us riding in the backs of trucks, and it was
cold ! I recall that we stayed at our gun positions from the
19th of December and the battle didn’t end until about January
17th. We slept in foxholes and stayed with our guns. I never saw
our Battalion CP nor our Aid Station, because I was always at my
Gun Position. We slept in foxholes around our gun, there were
about 12-14 men/gun in a gun crew. Once in awhile, I got to
sleep in a building, but most of the time we slept in a sleeping
bag in a foxhole. When you are young and tired, you sleep
anywhere you have to. The food was rations and once in awhile,
they brought us hot food.
As personal firearm I first had a carbine, but then I traded
it for an M-1.
After Bastogne I stayed in combat. We did not stay in
Mourmelon very long. I don't remember much about the
Presidential Unit Citation Ceremony but I did get the
Presidential Unit Citation.
Before the barracks in
On leave in Paris
When the war ended, we ended up in Bad Reichenhall. I wasn't
to expect a new assignment since I was discharged.
Life After the 463rd
When the war in Europe ended I had 140 points and was
able to be discharged. I returned home to
Pennsylvania. I got married in 1949, and my wife and I
moved to Long Island, NY and we lived there for over 25
years. We raised two daughters there. In 1976, we moved
back to our hometown area in Pennsylvania, where I
worked until I was 84 years old. I am 89 now, and my
wife Ann and I still live in our home since 1976.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Ann Chuba
I met some members of the 463rd at reunions, yes, a few
times. In the 1980's I became active in the 82nd Airborne
Association in the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Area, and attended many
of their annual events. I also was active with the 101st
Airborne, and went to events and conventions. My wife and I
formed friendships with several other veterans. Unfortunately,
they were from all parts of the country and we lost touch.
Lansing, Michigan, August 1993
Standing from left…
1. Unknown Visitor, 2. Steve
Stiegel 3. Vic Toffany 4. Bill Volk 5. Bill Everhart
6. Peter Chuba 7. Gus Hazzard 8. Cabot Booth 9. Joe Stolmeier
Seated, from left..
10. Sam Caiazzo 11. John Cooper
12. Reed Satterstrom
13. John Mockabee 14. Joe Lyons 15. Tom Wojciechowski
16. (sitting on floor) Tony Spagnol
No one wants to see a World War, but if I could do it all
over ... I can’t think of anything that I would personally
change. To keep the memory alive we need to teach our students
more about our history and how we fought for freedom, we need
websites such as yours (= ours *); also books, and sharing pictures and
Mr. Peter Chuba, April 2011.
Mr. Chuba, thank you very much for this
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