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My father was in the 3282 Ordnance Base Depot Company departing Camp Lucky Strike in January 1945 and arriving Depot O-450 ten days later. Would that trip have been direct or would there have been battlefront activity records? Any records on Depot O-450? His service file was destroyed in the 1973 fire.  Would there be any other records of his promotions to Staff Sargeant?

Dear Sir,
       Happy Independence Day.  In your question you typed "My father was in the 3282 Ordnance Base Depot Company".  Assigned [assigned] to COMM Z (Communication Zone) the Logistical Support Entity for U.S. First, Third, Ninth & Fifteenth Armies, the 3282nd Ordnance Base Depot Company participated in the following Campaign:

Rhineland      September 15, 1944-March 21, 1945

       In you question you typed "Would that trip have been direct"?  Yes.
       In your question you typed "would there have been battlefront activity records?"  Respectfully, I have no idea what "battlefront activity records" are.  Morning Reports?  Daily Reports?  After-Action Reports?  Unit Records?
       In your question you typed "Any records on Depot O-450?"  Yes, located at:

U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive
 Carlisle   PA   17013

       In your question you typed "His service file was destroyed in the 1973 fire."  I assume you refer to the July 1973 file at the Military Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri.  Personnel Files, gone.  Unit Records, intact, at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  If one knows the unit their loved one was assigned [assigned] to prior to May 8, 1945, obtain the unit records & you have more FACTS about your loved one's role in WW 2 than you ever desired.
       In your question you typed "Would there be any other records of his promotion to Staff Sargeant?"  Pay was &96.00 per month.  Yes, the unit records of the unit the Veteran was assigned [assigned] to prior to May 8, 1945.
       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.


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