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John wrote at 2013-12-29 22:21:19
My grandfather James W. Tate served in the 741st Railway Operations Battalion and I grew up hearing about the liberation of at least one camp (I believe it was Hemer); in particular about Soviet POWs and how one ate a bar of soap, how they had to round up some who had tried to get rations out of a boxcar and how he sprayed some down with a hose because an officer complained they smelled terrible.  Grandpa was older than the average soldier even thought he was a pfc and so he had his own take on the whole adventure and loved to tell and re-tell.  If I'm not mistaken, my mother recorded some of his stories on cassette tape.  

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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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