When Company A with Felix A. Cizewski deployed to Normandy Companies A & B remain in southern England providing communications support for the liberation of Normandy.
Seventy years ago on August 24, 1944, Companies A & B crossed the La Manche (the English Channel) to Utah Beach in LCI(L)-417 (Landing Craft Infantry [Large}).
Six days earlier Company C had left Tamerville for redeployment to Cherbourg.
|Another Tamerville Liberator|
|Charles Raymond (Ray) Davidson
1907 – 2004
Company A, 3110th Signal Service Battalion, Army Service Forces
Company A had about 200 men and officers responsible for operation, repair, and maintenance of telephone equipment.
Company B was responsible for the operation, repair, and maintenance of teletype and cryptographic equipment (cipher machines).
In a letter home, Ray Davidson described being bivouacked in an apple orchard.
He states that rather than work in the Valognes communications facilities, they were temporarily bivouacked until their deployment to Paris on September 5.
He observed that “some of the …towns and countryside around here…might have seen some action at one time or other”
The Army Service Forces headquarters and faculties were moving from Normandy to recently liberated Paris.
For more information:
Northern France Campaign: Includes details of the 3110th Signal Service Battalion’s service in Normandy.
Revised August 25, 2014