Sabotage enemy motor transport, gasoline dumps and construction dumps.
Conduct anti-scorch operations to prevent enemy demolition of roads and bridges, and attempt to safeguard public utilities.
After enemy withdrawal be prepared to assist Fifteenth Army Group with special operations in support of their maintenance of civil order.
3 April - Capt Formichelli, leader of CAYUGA,
provided briefings on the partisan units he was assigning to CHOCTAW
and gave general orientation of the Parma zone in which the Section
would be working. The partisan units to which CHOCTAW would assume responsibility
4 - 6 April - Capt Benedetto divided the Section into two teams with Capt Sabatino leading one team to work with Val Cino Division. Reconnaisance was then made of all CHOCTAW assigned brigades, and their areas of operation. To make medical help available to as many brigades as possible, Medical Tech S/Sgt Rovello was assigned to the hospital in Alberetto and Medical Tech T/5 LaRosa to the hospital in Contile.
Beginning 8 April when the "All Out" order was received, the Section received air drops of supplies which had been arranged earlier by Base Hq and CAYUGA. A total of four drops were received. The arms, ammo, medical and other supplies were distributed from the DZ with mule and oxen teams transporting to the brigades. Section members then gave instructions in the use and care of the American and British weapons to those partisans who had not received earlier OG training. Soon thereafter Section members began participation with the partisans in operations against the enemy. Those operations were:
10 April - 2nd Brigade of Cisa Division attacked the town of Casa Corvi.
10 April - 3rd Brigade of Cisa Division sabotaged a railroad bridge between Borgo Val Toro and Pontremoli to prevent enemy, who occupied both towns, from using the rail line.
11 April - Three Brigades of Cisa Division repelled an enemy attack on the town of Grondola.
13 April - Cisa Division, ambushed an enemy truck convoy going north on Route 62.
15 April - Cisa Division hit an enemy mule train.
16 April - A platoon of the Val Ceno Division attacked a patrol near Selva Del Bercato capturing fifteen armed men.
17 April - Enemy launched attack to drive partisans
into hills to clear Route 62 for their move north from Petremoli.
19 April - A reconnaisance unit of the 31st Capelli Division attacked a mule train moving north on Via Emilia - with 10 Germans killed and capture of 15 mules for partisan use.
21 April - In response to order from Base, road block was established on route 62 south of Petremoli by 1st Brigade of Cisa Division to prevent ememy reinforcments being sent there. On night of 23 April this road block was removed when word was received that Allied troops were then in Aulla, a town south of Pontremoli.
24 April - CHOCTAW'S first contact with Allied Forces was made when Capt Sabatino and his group met forward elements of the 34th Division at the town of Sasomaggiore. 26 April - OGs with the Val Ceno Division were overrun by Allied troops. 27 April - those with the CISA Division were overrun. From then until CHOCTAW returned to Base the OGs worked the partisan units in support of the Fifteenth Army Group in the attacks on Sassomaggiore and Pontremoli and a number of other operations to force enemy withdrawal. That included secretly arming trusted Italian workers at local plants for possible anti-scotch operations to preserve water, light and communications systems; in processing German and Fascist prisoners; in taking over local civil affairs by reinstalling a number of partisans to those positions they had previously held.
With mission complete CHOCTAW returned to base in three segments between 2 May and 10 May 1945.
Summary compiled from EOM reports
from the National Archives submitted by Capts Benedetto, Sabatino and
Formichelli at the conclusion of the missions.