Military History/Documents on 729th


QUESTION: My grandfather was, I believe, a part of what you are talking about 729th and fought in The Battle of the Bugle. My grandfather was a very, very mild mannered man that NEVER spoke of the war when he returned.  I would love to know if this is something that he did read himself??? Please reply~I do have his discharge papers!

Wendi Pene

ANSWER: Step one would be request his service record. Here how you can get it. There were multiple units that were designated 729th. You need the second part of the name. US Army 729th Trans Co.,  The 729th Airlift Squadron, U.S. Army 729th Support Battalion, 729th Transportation Company, You need to start with record.

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QUESTION: Looking at his discharge papers now~ Battery D 729th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapon Battalion... any information on this battalion? The only thing that we (our family)knows is that possibly there were 144 men in his battalion and only two came home.... :(

My grandfather looked for the other gentleman in the 50's but was unable to find him. (he went to the town he lived in and no one could find him-not sure of the town)

Thank you so much~ my sister and I want to try to get his medals for my mother as a mother's day gift. Do you know any websites that I can go to to order those?


The unit was formed on July 24, 1943 and disbanded on June 15, 1944.
That would support that version of events.
I can not find more detailed unit history.
There are places you can ask they may have than I do.
They may be able to help.

In terms of replacing metals

Or you can buy copies of them

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