Coming Tuesday, January 15th to the New York State Military Museum - an exhibit on the 258th Field Artillery Battalion, a unit of the New York Army National Guard.
"The photographs of the batteries in action are especially important since so few for this unit exist," Courtney Burns, Museum Director said. "Not only is this great documentation for the unit, for which we have little material available for this period, Mr. Brown's clear recollection and vivid stories provide an additional level of meaning and significance."
When the battalion broke out from the Normandy beachhead in the summer of 1944, Brown kept notes showing how many miles the battalion advanced each day and the number and type of artillery rounds fired.
"The maps and overlays presented are priceless," Lt. Col. Peter Mehling, Commander, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, said after looking over the battalion's movements through Europe. "Those documents convey with complete detail how the battalion fought from Normandy to Magdeburg. This data and level of detail simply does not exist for many units."
The 258th would go on to serve in the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge before their drive into Germany took the battalion to the Elbe River.
"That's one thing about the 258th Field Artillery - we weren't backing up for anybody," Brown joked with the modern day Soldiers. "We may have gone sideways once or twice, but never backwards." (courtesy, Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard)