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Dear Mr. Horrell,  I am excited to find this site. I am seeking any information on my father's army service (Roy L Dickens) you could provide. My attempts with the military Archives in Mo. provided little help due to a fire.  I have been unable to find information on the 250th.  His Discharge papers shows the following box 6 BTRY A 250TH AAA SLT BN   Box 30  Radar Crewman 514  Box 32 New Guinea and Ryukyus.  Box 36 Depart 29 July 43 PTO Arrival 6 Sept 43.  Depart 8 Dec 45  US  24 Dec 45. (his transport ships)   His service school was in AA SCH OP Davis NC and also time at Camp Callen in CA.  Are there documents on campaigns his unit was involved with, where he was in the PTO and what his time might have been like. The questions I should have ask when he was alive. Thank-you, Sincerely  Kileen

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Good Day,
       Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "I have been unable to find information on the 250th."  The following is a brief timeline of the 214th Coast Artillery Regiment, Georgia National Guard:

Federalized into Active Service at Washington, Georgia, November 25, 1940

Arrived at Camp Stewart, Georgia, December 3, 1940

Arrived at Fort, Jackson, South Carolina, September 25, 1941

Arrived at Camp Stewart, Georgia, December 1, 1941

imperial japanese forces attacked the Hawaiian Islands, Sunday, December 7, 1941

Departed the San Francisco Port of Embarkation September 24, 1942

Sailed on the USS Mount Vernon  AP-22

Arrived at Auckland, New Zealand, October 6, 1942

Arrived at Noumea, New Caledonia, November 27, 1942

Arrived at Guadalcanal, July 30, 1943

At Guadalcanal, on November 10/11, 1943, the 3rd Battalion, 214th Coast Artillery Battalion, Georgia National Guard, was re-designated the 250th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion.

       In your question you typed "His Discharge papers shows the following box 6 BTRY A 250th AAA SLT BN".  Box #6 on page two of your father's Discharge Documents indicate he was assigned [assigned] to Battery A, 250th AAA Searchlight Battalion (WD AGO Form 53-55) Georgia National Guard at the time he was discharged from the US Army.  This was also the unit he was assigned [assigned] to prior to V-J Day, September 2, 1945.
       In your question you typed "Box 36 Depart 29 July 43 PTO Arrival 6 Sept 43."  As a replacement to the 3rd Battalion, 214th Coast Artillery Regiment, Georgia National Guard at Guadalcanal in early September 1943, your father arrived after the Guadalcanal Campaign (August 7, 1942-February 21, 1943) ended.  Your father participated in the New Guinea (January 24, 1943-December 31, 1944) Campaign & the Ryukyus (March 26-July 2, 1945) Campaign.

       The following is a brief timeline of Battery A, 250th AAA Searchlight Battalion, Georgia National Guard:

Arrived at New Zealand January 10, 1944

Arrived at New Guinea June 23, 1944

I do not know when Battery A arrived at Ie Shima, Ryukyus, but I do know it was after April 1, 1945 & Battery A was in the Ryukyus until early December 1945.

Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan, August 6 & 9, 1945

V-J Day, September 2, 1945

Served in the Army of Occupation on Okinawa, September 15-December 5, 1945

       In your question you typed "Are there documents on.......might have been like."  YES.  I suggest you obtain the unit records for the 3rd Battalion, 214th Coast Artillery Regiment, Georgia National Guard & Battery A, 250th AAA Searchlight Battalion, Georgia National Guard.  The unit records are located at:

US Army Heritage & Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive
 Carlisle    PA    17013

       Good Luck with your quest.

  Sincerely,
   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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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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Over 800 Profiles that I have written for client's about their loved one's role in WW 2.

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BA, History & Political Science (19th & 20th Century European History) Webster University, Webster Groves, MO.

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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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