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Richard, I am putting together a WWII folder on my Dad and Uncles in the war. I am on Ancestry and Military history in St. Louis,MO also U.S. Army History in Carlisle Barracks in PA. This is a slow go and a lot of records where lost due to a fire. My Dad was in from June 1942 to Dec 1945 he was in CO. C 1395th Engineer Construction Bn Army Ryukyus Campaign Okinawa.I have 3 or 4 pictures of Dad and a few men in them and do not know when or where taken. I also have a photo 28 inches long and 6 inches wide with 93 men and 5 Officers on chairs in front with tents in the background. I do not know when or where it was taken. I am writing you to share these if any one is interested. The long photo can not be scan in unless it was in pieces. Just wanted to let you know. Bill

Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your statement.  I am quite familiar with the 1305th Engineer General Service Regiment / 1395th Engineer Construction Battalion.  One of THE premier Engineer Units to serve in the P.T.O. during WW 2.
       In your statement you typed "and Military history in St. Louis,MO".  I am sorry, but I do not understand the relationship between the 1395th Engineer Construction Battalion & "Military history in St. Louis,MO".  Please enlighten me, I lived in St. Louis, 1955-2002.
       In your statement you typed "I am writing you to share these if any one is interested."  How generous & VERY kind of you.  Photographs such as these are greatly desired by family members of those assigned [assigned] to the 1305th / 1395th.  Regrettably, I lost the photographs of my father's unit from the summer of 1945, a sadden loss to this very day.  You are a lucky gentleman, & I know that if at all possible, you would share all the FACTS you possess with anyone that shares a common interest.
       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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