Anti-aircraft machine guns of the 448th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion stand ready to protect this canal near Saareinsming, Alsace Lorraine.

448 Anti Aircraft Battalion


Leonard Carl Petroskey was inducted into the Army on Aug. 6, 1942.

He was a staff sergeant and a platoon leader with Battery D, 448th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion in Alaska and the European Theater. He landed at Utah Beach in Normandy on June 12 (D-plus-6).

He says: "We loaded and unloaded war supplies in the dark and operated heavy equipment."

"A rifle grenade explosion injured my ear drum and a small piece hit my back. We went across France, Belgium and Holland to Bremerhaven, Germany...We guarded thousands of German prisoners of war....I froze a little toe in Belgium....Then went to LeHavre and 8,000 men traveled on the USS Henderson to Camp Miles Standish, Mass. I was discharged on Dec. 18, 1945, with a 70 percent disability...I had a million close calls and must have had a guardian angel."

He received the:

Good Conduct Medal,
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Service Medal,
European-African-Middle East Campaign Service Medal with two battle stars, World War II Victory Medal and five overseas service bars.