Military History/WW 2 Veteran information please
My father-in-law recently passed away and we were able to get only a few things about his involvement in WWII in the 2 years before he passed. On his Honorable Discharge paper it says that he was in Normandy GO 33 WD 45 Rhineland GO 40 WD 45 Northern France Central Europe Ground Combat GO 46 WD 45. It also says his organization was Btry B 204th AAA Auto Weapon Br - what was that unit? Also it says that his military occupation was Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weeapons Crewman DP 3601. We never knew what he did while he was overseas. He never talked about it until a couple of years before he died. He also told us he was wounded in a strafing raid but we cannot find a record of that. Where could we go for help?
Thank you for your question. In your question you indicate that you have access to your father-in-law's "Honorable Discharge" which is an EXCELLENT source for FACTS about your father-on-law's role in WW 2. The unit listed in Box #6 was the unit your father-in-law was assigned to at the time he was discharged, not necessarily the unit he was assigned to prior to May 8, 1945. However, based upon what you have typed, I do believe your father-in-law was assigned to the 204th AAA Auto-Weapons Battalion prior to May 8, 1945. But, without a photocopy of the Discharge Documents for me to research from, I can provide you no FACTS about your father-in-law's role in WW 2. But, I can provide you with FACTS about the 204th AAA Auto-Weapons Battalion.
activated at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, January 20, 1943
departed Boston Port of Embarkation February 27, 1944
arrived in England March 8, 1944
assigned to First Army
attached to 207th AAA Group
located at Weymouth, England, May 31, 1944
D-Day, Tuesday, June 6, 1944
arrived in France, June 25, 1944
Normandy June 6-July 24, 1944
Northern France July 25-September 14, 1944
Rhineland September 14, 1944-March 21, 1945
Central Europe March 22-May 8, 1945
Ground Combat, E.A.M.E. Theater May 11, 1942-May 8, 1945
assigned to First Army, attached to the 16th AAA Group, July 24, 1944
assigned to First Army, attached to the 52nd AAA Brigade, December 21, 1944-February 23, 1945
V-E Day, May 8, 1945
served with the Army of Occupation in Germany, May 20-October 31, 1945
arrived at the New York Port of Embarkation November 27, 1945
de-activated at Camp Shanks, NY, November 28, 1945
I believe the 204th AAA Auto-Weapons Battalion returned to the USA onboard either the RMS Queen Mary or the USS Monticello AP-61, but without a photocopy of your father-in-law's Discharge Documents in my hands, I cannot confirm that as a FACT.
In your question you typed that your father-in-law "was wounded in a strafing raid". Check Box #34 for additional FACTS about your father-in-law being a casualty.
In your question you typed "Where could we go for help?" Me! It would be my pleasure to provide you with FACTS about your father-in-law's role in WW 2. However, for me to do so, I will need in hand a photocopy of your father-in-law's Discharge Documents. You are welcome to send me via First Class USPS a photocopy of your father-in-law's Discharge Documents. Please include your e-mail address for ease of response.
Good Luck with your quest.
Richard V. Horrell
WW 2 Connections
211 Union St. #611
Nashville TN 37201-1502