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My grandfather was in the 17th Calvary Recon Squadron Troop B that served in WWII.   His date of entrance upon active duty was January 1942 I know that he served in Normandy Northern France Rhineland & Central Europe.  I would like to know specific details about his service & if he received special honors.  Where do I start to find out specifics?

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Dear Ms.,
       Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "I would like to know specific details about his service & if he received special honors.  Where do I start to find out specifics?"  I suggest that you start with your grandfather's Discharge Documents, & the source for the Discharge Documents is your family.
       Next, I would send a letter-of-request to:

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
 St. Louis   MO   63138

to obtain your grandfather's Personnel File.  However, there was a fire at the previous location (9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis   MO)  in July 1973 that destroyed approximately 85% of all US Army Veteran Personnel File.  I always suggest that people send a letter-of-request.  After all, someone has to be in the LUCKY 15%!
       Next, I would send a letter-of-request to obtain the Unit Records of the "17th Calvary [sic] Recon Squadron".  (Please note, you are wishing to obtain unit records of a Cavalry unit, not where jesus was crucified)  Send your letter-of-request to:

US Army Heritage & Education Center
Carlisle Barracks   PA   17013-5050

and be as specific with your question(s) as possible.
       Good Luck with your quest.

  Respectfully,
   Richard V. Horrell
    WW 2 Connections
     211 Union St.   #611
      Nashville   TN   37201-1502

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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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A lifelong study of WW 2, including participation as a WW 2 Re-enactor, 1980-2002. Also, interviewing over 400 WW 2 Veterans about their role in WW 2.

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AASLH, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society

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Over 800 Profiles that I have written for client's about their loved one's role in WW 2.

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BA, History & Political Science (19th & 20th Century European History) Webster University, Webster Groves, MO.

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Assisting the National Archives on numerous occasions during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of WW 2, 1991-95.

Past/Present Clients
Respectfully, I do not disclose the names of the clients I deal with. I have a confidentially agreement with them.

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