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Charlie Battery Official U.S. Army Personnel Rosters

January & July 1960 - January & July 1961

his web site really began to gather momentum when I realized I could obtain the official U.S. Army Personnel Rosters for the time I was stationed at Charlie Battery from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Those rosters helped me reconstruct that time period so I could be as accurate as possible in this presentation.

I had intended to just scan the pages of each roster, but most of copies I received were not of scan quality. So I decided to recreate the DA Form 305-5 in my Adobe Indesign Desktop publishing program then filled in the tables.

It was actually an interesting and challenging exercise, and I do state on each page of the form that it is a recreation intended only to present a sense of the time period only, with no other intentions.

The original forms were all white paper, however, for the sake of viewing ease I inserted a subtle “every other line tone”, which I think makes it easier to read across the rather long lines of data. It also gives the form a bit of a more contemporary computer form look.

It took me 4 days to enter the complete rosters data, and it was a burn out, but I wanted a document that everyone could view with clarity and ease. I then turned each semi-annual document into a PDF file so that, by using the magnification tool, everyone can easily view the data.

I tried to be as accurate as possible while entering the data. However, because this web site project has so many aspects that I've had to pull together, I haven't had time to do a serious proof read.

So if your data has errors, or has been entered incorrectly, please let me know and I will correct it. It's easy to change now, and to update to web site as well. Also, if anyone spots any typos, here or any where in the web site, please let me know.

And finally, for those who came to the site subsequent to my time, and want their time of service rosters added to our Charlie Battery Historical Record, let me know and I'll tell you how to get them.

Actung: To view the PDF's the icons below link to, you need to have the Adobe Reader application installed on your system. It's a cross platform program, PC, Linux, or Mac, and it is totally free. Our web site makes frequent use of the PDF format because it is so versatile, so I suggest acquiring it. Just click on the “Get Adobe Reader” Icon and it will take you to the web page where you can start the download process.

Once there scroll down a bit and click the “Download” button to begin the process. Be patient, it takes a moment for the process to get started. It may ask you if you want to save the file or install it. Choose “install”, and it will do everything automatically. When Adobe Reader is installed just click once on any of the icons below and the file will open for viewing.