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I am anxious to confirm my father's WWII transport ship and information re: his Quartermaster unit.  He always told me he went overseas on the ship Olympia or Olympic, but I think this might be incorrect.  
I have his original Honorable Discharge and Troop Assignment Card stating: "Ship's Company No. C-4" and "Bunk No. 106".  Stamped by: "H. S. Duncombe, Jr. COL., A.T.S. Transport Commander".

Box  2: 37 235 594
Box  3: Tec 5
Box  4: QMC
Box  5: AUS
Box  6: 69th Quartermaster Co
Box 22:  28 Oct 42
Box 24:  11 Nov 42
Box 30: Electrician Automotive 014
Box 31: Combat Infantry Badge SO 21 Hq 377th Inf 26 Jan 45
Box 32: GO 33 WD 45 Northern France  Rhineland  Central Europe
Box 36: 21 Feb 44 EAMET 29 Feb 44
        7 Sep 45  USA  16 Sep 45

Thanks for your help.

Dear Ms.,
       Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "He always told me.......this might be incorrect."  The answer will be typed later.
       In your question you typed "Troop Assignment Card.......A.T.S. Transport Commander"."  It is unclear to me whether this card was for your father's February 1944 voyage or his September 1945 voyage.

Box 2:   his Serial Number (NOT his Social Security Number)  The arabic numeral "3" at the beginning means he was a part of the A.U.S. (Army of the United States) raised & organized for WW 2.  NOT the R.A. (Regular Army) nor the N.G. (National Guard)

Box 3:   pay was $66.00 per month

Box 4:   Quartermaster Corps, the Branch-of-Service assigned to at the time of discharge

Box 6:   the unit assigned to at the time of discharge.  Campaigns of the 69th QM Company:

    Rhineland        September 15, 1944-March 21, 1945
    Central Europe   March 22-May 8, 1945

Box 31:   at one time or another your father was assigned to the 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division.  That was the unit your father was assigned to when he was awarded his Combat Infantryman Badge, on January 26, 1945.  The National Defense Act of September 1947 (YES, two years AFTER WW 2 ended) retro-actively awarded a Bronze Star Medal for Valour to all those Infantrymen who were awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge during WW 2.  Have you obtained your father's Bronze Star Medal for Valour?

Box 32:   Your father participated in three Campaigns while in the ETO, 1944-45:

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

Box 36:   Departure Date:   February 21, 1944
         Departure Location:   New York Port of Embarkation
         Troop Ship:   R.M.S. Aquitania
         Arrival Date:   February 28, 1944
         Arrival Location:   Gourock, Scotland
         7,664 Troops onboard
         The R.M.S. Aquitania dropped anchor February 28, 1944, your father set foot upon Scottish soil February 29, 1944.

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         Departure Date:   September 9, 1945
         Departure Location:   Marseilles, France
         Troop Ship:   USS General J.C. Breckinridge  AP-176
         Arrival Date:   September 16, 1945
         Arrival Location:   Hampton Roads, Virginia Port of Embarkation
         via the Straits of Gibraltar

       Good Luck with your quest.

   Richard V. Horrell
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