Question Hi Trevor,
My father was a vet of WWII lauding from PA. He seldom talked of his time in the military so I know very little. I know he was drafted and if I remember correctly was to have gone in on Normandy Beach eleven days after D-Day. He was wounded and transported to a field hospital. I remember him mentioning he laid in a kind of Devils Den a day and a night before being picked up and taken to the hospital. I remember seeing a newspaper clipping stating he had been wounded and in a hospital near Cherbourg France.Some time later he was moved to a hospital in England and later was in the MP's. I know he was discharged from Indiantown Gap, PA, Dec 1945. Unfortunately I have very little to go on so where do I start? How or where do I go to find out more about his Army history?
Answer Hi Ann
Thanks for the question.
I suppose your best place to start would be to request his file from the archives at
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