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Mr. Horrell,  I am looking for information on CO A 719th RR Operating BN in which my father served during WW II.  Any information would be helpful to me.  Thank you in advance, Teresa Silvey

Hello Neighbor,
       Thank you for your question.  It would be my pleasure to provide you with FACTS as per the 719th Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corps during WW 2.

Activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, September 1, 1942 with assets from the Texas & New Orleans Railroad.

Departed the Hampton Roads, Virginia Port of Embarkation, April 29, 1943.

Via the Straits of Gibraltar, arrived at Oran, Algeria, North Africa May 11, 1943.

Arrived in Italy March 6, 1944.


Naples-Foggia     September 9, 1943-January 21, 1944
Rome-Arno         January 22-September 9, 1944
North Apennines   September 10, 1944-April 4, 1945
Po Valley         April 5-May 8, 1945

Repaired existing Railroad Tracks & Cars in support of US Fifth Army.

Built, maintained & repaired new Railroad Tracks & Cars in support of US Firth Army.

Awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period January 15-March 18, 1945.  General Order #54, HQ, MTOUSA (Mediterranean Theater of Operation, United States Army) awarded March 26, 1945.

Located at Leghorn, Italy, May 8, 1945.

Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan, August 6 & 9, 1945

Arrived at an East Coast Port of Embarkation, August 30, 1945

Japanese envoys signed the Document of Surrender onboard the USS Missouri  BB-63, anchored in Tokyo Bay, Japan, September 2, 1945

De-activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, November 20, 1945

       Good Luck with your quest.

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   Richard V. Horrell
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