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On my dad's discharge papers line 32 has the following:
"GO 33 & 40 WD 45  Rhineland   Central Europe".  I understand the first part but can you tell me what is being referred to (other than geographic information) by "Rhineland" and "Central Europe".  Dad was in the 517th Parachute Infantry, 13 Airborne Division.

Thank you for any light you can shed on this
Don Hunsicker

I'm not familiar with these abbreviations. 40 WD 45 could refer to the years 1940-45, but that's  a guess and I don't know what WD stands for.

Two suggestions: try the 517th website, and the Army Center for Military History at

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