Charles H. Audet

Order of Geronimo

NAME: Charles H. Audet

ASN: 31025044

PLACE OF BIRTH: Fitchburg, Mass

DATE OF BIRTH: ?? ??? 1918

DATES OF SERVICE: 07 Dec 1941 - ?? Jun 1945

UNIT ASSIGNED:

HHC 2nd Bn 503rd PIR

HHC 2nd Bn 509th PIR

HHC 509th PIB

I Company 505th PIR

CAMPAIGNS: Algeria - French Morroco, Tunisia, Naples - Foggia, Anzio, Rome - Arno, Southern France, Ardennes - Alsace, Rhineland

AWARDS: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge with three combat jump stars, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with arrowhead and seven bronze campaign stars, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished (Presidential) Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster, French 3rd Zouaves Regiment Badge, Order of Geronimo

SUMMARY OF SERVICE: T/5

11 Mar 1941 - Enlisted at Worchester, Mass - NARA Enlistment Record

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 31025044 31025044
NAME AUDET#CHARLES#H######### AUDET#CHARLES#H#########
RESIDENCE: STATE 13 MASSACHUSETTS
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 027 WORCESTER
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 1392 WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 11 11
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 03 03
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 41 41
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 0 Undefined Code
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY K9 BRITISH NORTH AMERICA or CANADA or LABRADOR or NEWFOUNDLAND
YEAR OF BIRTH 18 18
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 222 Bellmen and related occupations
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 0385 0385
FILM REEL NUMBER 3.106 3.106

Volunteered for the paratroops

Attended The Parachute School at Fort Benning, GA

29 Mar 1942 - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR moves from Fort Benning, GA to Fort Bragg, SC

01 Jun 1942 - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR moves from Fort Bragg, SC to Fort Dix, NJ

03 Jun 1942 - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR moves from Fort Dix, NJ to Cunard Line Docks to board the Queen Elizabeth

04 Jun 1942 - Departed US for European Theater of Operations (ETO) on board the Queen Elizabeth

10 Jun 1942 - Arrived in ETO - Glasgow, Scotland. Is transported ashore by ferry in the river Clyde

10 Jun 1942 - 1550 hrs - Arrived at the rail station

10 Jun 1942 - 1750 hrs - Train departs south bound

10 Jun 1942 - 2100 hrs - Train pulls into Edinburgh for a two hour layover

11 Jun 1942 - 1430 hrs - Train arrives at Hungerford, Berkshire and the battalion is greeted by British Major General F.A.M. Browning then were trucked the two miles to Chilton Foliat

16 Jun 1942 - Major General F.A.M. Browning visits the battalion and addresses them

04 Jul 1942 - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR celebrated Independence Day by conducting a 23 mile march

20 Jul 1942 - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR received orders to move out to the Combat Training Area at Mortehoe

21 Jul 1942 - 0530 hrs - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR departed by train for Tauton

21 Jul 1942 - 0930 hrs - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR off loaded from the train and met Lt Col. Raff who proceeded to lead them on a march to Mortehoe (45 miles)

21 Jul 1942 - 2230 hrs - Raff stopped the battalion to allow them to rest for the night after marching 35 miles

22 Jul 1942 - 2nd Bn 503rd PIR marched the rest of the way to Mortehoe

30 Jul 1942 - 2-503rd PIR completes training by going through the British Assault Course at Woolacombe with its live machine fire over the barbed wire and exploding pits it scared the hell out of the Soldiers but gave them an experience that was the closest thing to real combat. That afternoon they went through the British Confidence Course. With training complete, Captain Doris Simpson of the A.T.S. arranged a well-deserved party for the Americans.

05 Aug 1942 - Returned to Chilton Foliat this time on trucks and were warmly welcomed by the locals.

00 Aug 1942 - Pfc. Charlie H. Audet 31025044, Admission Place: Quarters: Battalion or Regimental Aid Station Unit, Diagnosis: Infection of wound; Qualifying Term: Moderately severe; Location: Great toe; Location: Right; CausativeAgent: Drilling: marching; Diagnosis: Blister, Injured in Line of Duty: In line of duty Type of Discharge: Returned to Duty, Discharge Date: Aug 1942

17-30 Aug 1942 - Day and night jumps were conducted in preparation for future mass tactical field training exercises with the British.

Pfc. Charlie Audet stated that he was on the aircraft when the low altitude jump was performed. He was first stick, sixth jumper. He describes that the C-47 banked sharply over t he DZ and the Jumpmaster exited the aircraft, the next four made it out the door assuming that it was time to jump. The fifth jumper fell down in the aircraft blocking Charlies exit resulting in the rest of the stick not jumping. It was later determined that the Jumpmaster accidently fell out

01 Sep 1942 - Al Jolson USO Show

00 Oct 1942 - First Lady Elenor Roosevelt visits the 2nd Battalion 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment at Chilton Foliat

02 Nov 1942 - 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment while in England per AG 320.2 (11-3 42)

08 Nov 1942 - Pfc. Charles H. Audet 31025044 HHC, 2nd Bn, 509th PIR Fitchburg, Mass, participated in Operation TORCH (VILLIAN) the airborne invasion of Oran, North Africa on Plane: 2 Seat: 3 Combat Weight: 245 lbs. Plane lands and paratroopers are off loaded on the Sebkra

15 Nov 1942 - Pfc Charles Audet conducts combat jump at Youks les Baines securing the airfield for Allied operations

Pfc. Charlie Audet states that he was put on duty with about 20 to 25 other 509th Soldiers to guard General Eisenhowers HQ for two weeks. It was thought that German Paratroopers might be used to attack the HQ

06 Dec 1942 - Pfc. Charles Audet 31025044, HHC, 2nd Bn, 509th PIR from duty to hospital (NLD ATP 35-1440)

23 Dec 1942 - Pfc. Charles Audet 31025044, HHC, 2nd Bn, 509th PIR from hospital to absent sick 48th Evacuation Hospital, Oran

04 Jan 1943 - Pfc. Charles Audet 31025044, HHC, 2nd Bn, 509th PIR transferred to Det. of Patients 48th Evacuation Hospital, Oran

19 Jan 1943 - Pfc. Charles Audet 31025044, HHC, 2nd Bn, 509th PIR assigned to HQ Company (returned from hosiptal)

15 Jul 1943 - T5 Charles H. Audet 31025044 HHC, 2nd Bn, 509th PIR 07 Dec 1941 to 15 Jul 1943 GO8 Awarded Good Conduct Medal, 1yr Svc

14 Sep 1943 - Tech 5 Charles H. Audet 31025044 2nd Bn, 509th PIR, participates in Operation GIANT III the airborne invasion of Avellino, Italy. Lands with unit 20 miles behind enemy lines and spends several weeks fighting and evading Germans until friendly lines advanced to their position. The purpose of the operation was to support Operation AVALANCHE the 5th Army invasion of Salerno which was threatened with being pushed back into the sea. The Germans had an infantry regiment in reserve that would have to pass through Avellino to get to the beaches and reinforce the German assault. The 509th drop was a delaying action which caused the Germans to divert the infantry regiment in reserve to anti-parachute operations. The Germans mistakenly believed an entire Airborne Regiment or Division had landed in the area due to the scattered drop. This gave time for the 5th Army to reinforce the Salerno beachhead with the 82nd Airborne Division and ultimately stop the German assault.

Tech 5 Charlie Audet was with Tomasik and the group that went and blew the bridge. Later group was guided to friendly lines by an Italian

30 Sep 1943 - The first paratroopers from the Avellino drop begin to make it through to friendly lines

09 Nov 1943 - 509th PIB conducts combat operations vicinity Venafro, Italy

Tech 5 Charles Audet 31025044 2nd Bn, 509th PIR wounded at Venafro after making it up three quarters of the way to the top of the mountain. Sent to Hospital in Naples

14 Dec 1943 - 509th PIB comes off the line at Venafro, Italy goes to Naples, Italy for R&R

09 Jan 1944 - Boarded the ship Winchester Castle as part of the amphibious invasion of Anzio, Italy. 509th PIB was attached to 6615th Ranger Force

22 Jan 1944 - Tech 5 Charles H. Audet 31025044 2nd Bn, 509th PIR participates in Operation SHINGLE the amphibious invasion of Anzio, Italy, lands at Beach XRAY/YELLOW

27 Jan 1944 - 509th PIB ordered to hold road junction in vicinity of Padiglione, Italy

29 Feb 1944 - Tech 5 Charles H. Audet 31025044 2nd Bn, 509th PIR is with the 509th PIB when the unit takes positions at Carano Italy and is present during the action in which the 509th earned the Presidential Unit Citation for Carano

10 Apr 1944 - T/5 Charles H. Audet 31025044 HHC, 509th PIB GO 5 The following named Officers and Enlisted Men of Companies indicated having fulfilled all requirements as set forth in Par #3. a and b, Section I, WD Circular #269, dated 27 October 1943, are hereby announced as Combat Infantrymen and are entitled to wear the badge as specified in WD Circular above.

00 Apr 1944 - T/5 Charles H. Audet 31025044 Diagnosis: Pneumococcal lobar, Type of Discharge: Returned to Duty

15 Aug 1944 - Participated Combat Jump in Operation DRAGOON (RUGBY FORCE) the airborne invasion of LeMuy, Southern France

00 Jan 1945 - Wounded in Action in Belgium in left arm from shrapnel

00 Jan 1945 - T/5 Charles H. Audet 31025044 Diagnosis: Wound(s), abraded (includes friction burns); Location: Forearm; CausativeAgent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified. Type of Injury: InjuryType: Battle casualty; Medical Treatment: Penicillin therapy (treatment with penicillin)

00 Feb 1945 - Discharged from hosital, Type of Discharge: Returned to Duty, Discharge Place: Portable Surgical, Evacuation, or T/O Convalescent Hospital

Uncle Charlies War by Linda H. Davis (click to read)

1945 - was assigned to I Company 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division after recovering from shrapnel wound.

00 Jun 1945 - Honorably discharged

18 Jul 1948 - Listed on the 509th Reunion List A



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