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I have asked you a question before and you were very helpful. As a Veteran, I was asked to do some research on my friends father's unit. He was assigned to Company A, 712th Railway Operating Battalion during WW2. I am looking for any specific information about the unit. Higher headquarters, days in theater, locations, etc. Everything you can provide me would be of great help. I have his Report of Separation from WW2 and his 214 from Korea. According to his Separation papers his civilian job was a fireman locomotive #5-42.100 but no indication of a MOS.  

Thanks for the help
Rich Solecki

ANSWER: Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "712th Railway Operating Battalion" T.C.  As long as you understand that this reply is about the unit, & NOT your friends father, the following are the FACTS.
       In your question you typed "Higher headquarters".  COMM Z (Communication Zone) the logistical support entity for United States First Army, Third Army, Ninth Army & Fifteenth Army in the E.T.O., 1943-45.
       In your question you typed "days in theater".  April 16, 1944 through late November 1945.  Days in theater > you must have served in southeast asia, 1954-75.
       In your question you typed "locations".

New Orleans, Louisiana: October 18, 1943-late November 1943

Camp Claiborne, Louisiana: late November 1943-March 14, 1944

Camp Myles Standish, Massachusette: March 17, 1944-April 5, 1944

Kirkham, England: April 17, 1944-July 11, 1944

Stockbridge, England: July 12, 1944-August 8, 1944

Nightengale, Woods, England: August 9, 1944-August 12, 1944

Departed Southampton, England, August 13, 1944

Sailed on the R.M.S. Empire Cutlass

Landed across UTAH Beach, Cotentin Peninsula, France, August 16, 1944

Dol, France: August 18, 1944-August 23, 1944

Le Mans, France: August 24, 1944-August 26, 1944

Chartres, France: August 27, 1944-September 9, 1944

Sezanne, France: September 11, 1944-October 27, 1944

Villeneuve St. Georges, France: October 28, 1944-November 13, 1944

Verdun, France: November 15, 1944-February 3, 1945

Lumes, France: February 4, 1945-February 11, 1945

Stockem, Belgium: February 12, 1945-April 12, 1945

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg:  April 13, 1945-April 15, 1945

Hanau, Germany: April 19, 1945-__?__?__

       In your question you typed "etc.  Everything you can provide".  


Northern France      July 25-September 14, 1944
Rhineland          September 15, 1944-March 21, 1945
Central Europe       March 22-May 8, 1945

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Departure Date:   April 6, 1944
Departure Location:   Boston Port of Embarkation
Troop Ship:   U.S.A.T. Excelsior
Unit Onboard:   712th Railway Operating Battalion, T.C.
Arrival Date:   April 16, 1944
Arrival Location:   Gourock, Scotland
    2,216 Troops onboard

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Departure Date:   __?__?__
Departure Location:   Le Havre, France
Troop Ship:   SS Argentina
Unit Onboard:   712th Railway Operating Battalion, T.C.
Arrival Date:   December 9, 1945
Arrival Location:   New York Port of Embarkation

       Good Luck with your quest.

   Richard V. Horrell
    WW 2 Connections

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QUESTION: Thank you for the quick response

My friend is looking to put a shadow box for him for Christmas. Can you determine specifically which brigade's or divisions his unit was assign/attached to while in ETO. Also while in the Korean war he was with Co A, 765th Trans Battalion. Any additional information (same questions  listed for the 712th) on that unit would also be helpful.

Thank you again
Rich Solecki

Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your follow-up.  As I had typed, the 712th was assigned [assigned] to COMM Z.  COMM Z had its own shoulder patch, so the individual can place a colour scan of the shoulder patch in the shadow box, if so desired.

  Richard V. Horrell
   WW 2 Connections

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