Need Fold3 look-up (World War I) and explanation of unit designation

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Severely wounded and awarded the Silver Star, Sgt. Fred M. Patterson has some standard military records on Family Search (draft and service cards). I wonder if there is more on Fold3 that might fill out Fred's bio in this area. 

Also, I am unsure of the final unit designation for Fred: Battery E, 113th FA. What does the "FA" mean?

I've gathered the sources, but have not started the bio. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

WikiTree profile: Fred Patterson
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)

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I did locate a...

Name: Fred Marion Patterson
Birth: 20 Jul 1893 , North Carolina, USA
Death: 12 Apr 1974 Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, USA

... That may help you with more accurate information.

FA = Field Artillery.

So he was assigned to "Battery E" of the "113th Field Artillery".

Years ago, I was temporarily stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma that's an Army Field Artillery base and am familiar with the use of the word Battery. A Battery is just the word that Field Artillery Unit's use as the word "Company" is used for others.

I hope this was helpful for what you are looking for. :-)

~Brian Kerr
by Brian Kerr G2G6 Pilot (310k points)
selected by Mackenzie Kerr
Thanks, Brian. Exactly the kind of help I needed for the unit. Much appreciated!
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Hi Pip, not sure if you're still looking for other info, but I have a Fold3 membership (use skill level not real high though).  Took a quick look and found a shipping manifest when he sailed to Europe for the war.

Patterson, Fred M.   1167450

SGT 113FA (Field Artillery as Brian explained)

Father: John K Patterson, 75 N. Union Street, Concord, NC

Shipped out from Hoboken, New Jersy aboard the ship "George Washington" on May 8, 1918 with a whole lot of othr NC boys.

I'll look further but this is all I found in a quick search.  Like I said, my Fold3 searching skills aren't quite up to snuff.
by Art Black G2G6 Mach 3 (38.8k points)
Document also indicates that the unit was part of the 30th Division, the Advance School Detachment.
Looks like you're going to have a fun time trying to settle on a birth date.  I'm seeing various combinations of 20th or 30th of June or July in 1893 or 1894 on Fold3, here and FS.  Even saw one document with an 1895 with the 5 marked out and replaced wth a 3.  I'm beginning to ramble, time to hit the sack.  Hope this added some info that you didn't already have.
Yes! This does help, Art! Thanks for digging. Every little bit helps.

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