Military History/Battery A, 250TH AAA Searchlight Battalion
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
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.
Richard V. Horrell
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