70th Anniversary of Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion Landing on Utah Beach

70 years ago on July 25, 1944 Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion landed on Utah Beach. Among them was Private Felix A. Cizewski, my late father.

The monument to the landing of the 2nd French Armored Division six days later on August 1, 1944 marks the spot where Company C landed.

June 1, 2014: Leonard H Cizewski at the northern end of Utah Beach at the monument where the 2nd French Armor Division landed on August 1, 1944. My late father in Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion, landed near this site six days earlier on July 25.

Photo by Cheryl A. Robinson (Felix’s daughter-in-law and Leonard’s wife)


From Utah Beach Company C proceed to Transit Area B at Focarville then to Tamerville.

A map (below) at Le Musée d’Utah Beach  detailed how Utah Beach was used for troop deployment such as Company C.


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Plan of Activities at Utah Beach, June 6 to November 4, 1944.

Orange circle: Transit Area B in Focarville from where Co. C proceeded to Tamerville.

Fair use of image © Le Musée d’Utah Beach from photo by Leonard H. Cizewski


Why Company C has Normandy Campaign Participation Credit:

Company C landed on Utah Beach on July 26, the first day of the Northern France Campaign and one day after the official end of the Normandy Campaign on July 25.

The U.S. Army defined the geographic area of the Normandy Campaign as including the waters of the English Channel.

Geographic area of the Normandy Campaign.

Public domain map from the U.S. Army Center for Military History

On July 25, Company C boarded ships in Southampton, England, leaving the soil of England, entering the geographic region of the Normandy Campaign, and earning Normandy Campaign Participation Credit.


Why Company C is so large

Company C was activated in December, 1943 with about 50 enlisted men and 4 officers.

When Company C landed on Utah Beach it had had 223 enlisted men and 13 officers.

Those additional troops most likely were detached from other Signal Service units and attached to Company C for the work in Tamerville and Valognes.

I will add to my ongoing research those attached units.


For more information:

Northern France: Includes details of the 3110th Signal Service Battalion’s service in Normandy.

Infantry, Air Force, Medical, and Signal Corps Units in Tamerville and Valognes


Another post in an ongoing series about our trip to France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Liberation of France and the memorial in Tamerville

My late father Felix A. Cizewski served in Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion in Tamerville and Cherbourg during the liberation of Normandy in 1944.


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