#onthisday and at this time in 1944, the Artillery of 82nd Airborne Division (which including Saratoga’s Art Traver) engaged in devastating artillery fire on the 2nd SS Panzer Division in the Battle of the Bulge.
It was reported that on the afternoon of 22 December 1944 an enemy force of approximately 100 vehicles of all types preceded by about 25 tanks advanced north through Ottre. The tanks entered Joubieval. They were permitted to close up, then brought under devastating artillery fire. Artillery observers who remained on the outpost line on the ridge immediately north of Ottre kept the column under close observation and put very effective fire on it. This unit was later identified as a portion of the 2nd SS Panzer Division. At 1700 hours, December 22, the outpost of the 325th Glider was forced to withdraw. The enemy build-up was increasing in intensity on our southern front.
During this “Battle of the Bulge”, the Traver’s Battalion was part of a successful effort to halt the German thrust and fired more than 18,900 rounds. It was for the success of their effort that the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division were awarded the Fourragere 1940 by the King of Belgium.
Arthur Traver was born to a farm family living on Burke Road in the Town of Saratoga. His mother, Mary Morehouse Traver was described as “a person with high ideals for herself, her family, and her community” passed away when Traver was 6 years old. His father, Humphrey Travers raised him and his brothers and sisters while running the family farm.
It is this early life experience of hardship and hard work that had an indelible impact on Traver’s commitment to his community and country. Arthur Traver was drafted into the US Army. He served in the 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division during WW II. He fought in Italy, Normandy D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and Battle of the Bulge.
When he returned home from the War, he married Marie Hutchinson. He joined the Quaker Springs Volunteer Fire Department. He served the community in the fire department for 64 years and held various positions including Fire Chief.
After the War, Traver started a 25 year career driving a school bus for the Schuylerville Central Schools.
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Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals like Arthur Traver that help define this country, our region, and this community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.