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My dad was in the 1885th. He talked about Guam and Okinawa and also said they were off the coast of Iwo Jima but could not land due to heavy fighting and fear of sub attack. They left Iwo and went to another island before going on to Okinawa...Can you enlighten me? Also, do you have access to their battalion insignia? They cleared  an airfield by hand shovel and helmet in 72 hours and were awarded a Presidential Citation....What island?

Dear Sir,
  Thank you for your question.  May I suggest that you refer to my previous reply as per the 1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion on October 5, 2011.  That will illustrate to you the quantity of FACTS I have about the unit.
  In your question you typed "Can you enlighten me?"  No, I cannot.
  In your question you typed "do you have access to their battalion insignia?"  No, I do not
  In your question you typed "and were awarded a Presidential Citation".  I can find no record of the 1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion being awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.  In my reply of October 5, 2011, I indicated that the 1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation, but that is not the same as a Presidential Unit Citation.
  Good Luck with your quest.

   Richard V. Horrell
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Can answer: World War Two. Specifically, the troop transport ships that took US Military Personnel overseas & returned them to the US, 1941-47. Also, unit history of US Army QM, Signal, MP, Ordnance, Medical, Transportation & Engineer units that served during WW 2. The more obscure units are my specialty. If you have the APO that a Veteran sent letters from or received letters at, I can look up the history of that APO.


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