Military History/World War 2


I had an uncle who served in the Army during WWII. He was a cook with his unit. According to a copy of his discharge paper it said he was with the 474th Engr Shop Company. I haven't been able to find out anything about it. I think the unit was in Iran for some time. Can you find any information or where I can look for the history of the unit. Thanks for your time and trouble.

Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your question.  Unfortunately, I have virtually no FACTS to share with you.  I do believe the complete name of the unit was the "474th Engineer Heavy Shop Company"

"6 officers, 165 enlisted men.  A semi-mobile unit, the heavy shop company performed fourth echelon maintenance on all equipment for which the Corps of Engineers had maintenance responsibility.  Fourth echelon maintenance included rebuilding a unit's equipment, overhauling the attachments and accessories, doing emergency overhaul of major units, and recovering equipment from the battlefield, reclaiming, and salvaging it."

       Please photocopy your uncle's "discharge papers" then send the photocopies to me via First Class U.S.P.S.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address for ease of response.  It would be my pleasure to share with you any FACTS I glean from the Discharge Documents.
       Good Luck with your quest.

   Richard V. Horrell
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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.


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

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