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156th Field Artillery Regiment
Active 1898—2005

United States

  •  New York
Allegiance Governor of New York and State of New York

 United States Army

Role Field Artillery
Size Regiment
Part of 44th Infantry Division
Garrison/HQ Kingston, RHQ
Nickname(s) "The First New York"
Motto(s) Semper Procedamus - "Ever Onwards"
Engagements Spanish American War
World War I
World War II

The 156th Field Artillery Regiment (156 FA) was a former field artillery regiment of the US Army. The regiment participated in World War II, and was active through the Cold War. In 2005 following the reductions of the National Guard during the second Bush presidency, the regiment was reduced and finally disbanded.[1][2]


The 156th Field Artillery's predecessor was the 156th Field Artillery formed from existing artillery companies in Eastern New York. The unit was mustered in federal service for the Spanish American War. World War I, then later World War II. The regiment also had campaign credits for the Battle of New York and later the American Civil War.[1]

The 156th Field Artillery were formed originally in 1924 as part of the New York National Guard. It was immediately assigned to the 44th Infantry Division's divisional artillery force. Before mobilisation the regiment had been attached to the 69th Field Artillery Brigade as a mobile field artillery regiment equipped with the M116 howitzer. From 1924-1940 the regiment's headquarters were in Newburgh, New York but later moved to Fort Dix, New Jersey from 1940 - 1941. On 1 April 1936 the regiment was converted from Horse-drawn artillery to truck-born artillery.[1]

During World War II the regiment partook in the following battles:[2][3]

In 2005 the regiment was disbanded when it merged with the 104th Military Police Battalion. In 2008 the state senate and assembly voted to name a region of the New York state freeway as "156th Field Artillery Memorial Highway".[2][3] The regiment's composition just before disbandment was as follows;[4]

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Kingston
  • A Battery in Poughkeepsie
  • B Battery in Newburgh
  • C Battery in Rochester


Commanders of the regiment had included: