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My active military was in the United States Army Signal Corps. More on my 4 year carreer later as time permits.




Text by Sp4 Kenneth R. Miller; Photos by Sp4 Huey E. Nichlos

In an age of missiles and machines, communication systems provided by Army signal units have become increasingly important in extending the "voice of command" necessary to control the combat elements of the Modern Army. There is, however, a problem involved, the systems must be born dependable and mobile.

One solution to this problem in V Corps is provided by the 32d Signal Battalion's VHF (Very High Frequency) Radio Platoon. This platoon, with its highly trained men and expensive 2½ -ton truck-mounted radio equipment, provides the backbone of Corps field communications.

The Seventh Army-wide Signal Field Exercise "Broadcast" provided valuable training for Lt Harlon F. Peterson's platoon in field communication skills.

The problem began with an alert. Men scrambled for their trucks, and convoys were soon headed for the battalion's various assembly areas. From the assembly areas, VHF teams were dispatched to field locations which would soon be transformed into operating VHF sites.

After arrival at the sites, trucks were positioned and equipment unloaded. VHF team members, each with a job to do, began the exacting job of contacting other sites and lining up equipment.

Line crews from the battalion's construction companies connected the vans with carrier equipment in the Command Post area some distance away. From the carrier vans the wires were strung to telephone switchboards and teletype machines, and if everything went well, the system was in business.

Keeping the equipment lined up and operating smoothly requires patience, but the operators can relax a little. The pressure diminishes until the team is ordered to "jump" to a new position, and the process of establishing and maintaining the system begins again.

Despite the long hours of concentrated effort often required, the work is not without compensation: pride in a job well done. And the work is not without its purpose: extending the "voice of command."

32nd Signal Battalion, 1960
GUARDIAN, Aug 27 1960 - via Tom Senuta)
A Co wire team hangs cable connceting the VHF site with command post. The 32nd operated the station throughout SFX "Broadcast."
(Source: 32nd SIGNAL BATTALION (CORPS), 25th Anniversary Yearbook, 1955-1980)
The 32nd Signal Battalion's Mission:
To install, operate, and maintain reliable tactical signal communications for V Corps Headquarters and to the V Corps' major subordinate commands for command and control, fire and manuever, and administration and logistics.

Organization of the Battalion:
Six companies make up the organization of the 32d Signal Battalion (Corps). These include: Headquarters and Headquarters Company; Company A, Company B, and the 201st Signal Company, all command operations companies; Company C, a command radio relay and cable company; and Company D, a command artillery radio relay company.

The mission of Headquarters and Headquarters Company is to provide planning, coordination, and staff supervision for all of the operation's, training, administration, maintenance and supply function's within the battalion.

The three command operations companies (A, B, and 201st) provide tactical communications facilities for Corps Headquarters at main, alternate, and SUPCOM respectively.

Multichannel communications systems from echelons of V Corps Headquarters to headquarters of its major subordinate commands are provided by Company C, the command radio relay and cable company.

Company D, the command artillery radio relay company, provides multichannel communications systems between V Corps Headquarters and the V Corps artillery groups as well as the corps tactical command post.
32nd Sig Bn Organization, 1980

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