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Mr. Horrell,

On my father's discharge record for World War II, in box 6. it says:
Co F 410 Inf. In box 33 there is a note that says Purple Heart GO 9 HQ 106 AAA AW Bn 28 Jan 45. I remember that he said he was a cannoneer on a half track, but I am confused about finding both the 410 Inf and the 106 AAA AW Bn on his discharge. My only photograph of him when he returned from the war appears to show a cactus patch on his left arm for I believe the 103d cactus division.  Thank you for any information you can give me!

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Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your question.  Also, THANK YOU for referring to me as "Mr. Horrell".  Good manners NEVER go out of style.
       In your question you typed "On my father's discharge record for World War II, in box 6. it says Co F 410 Inf."  The unit typed in Box #6 on page two of your father's Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55) is the unit your father was assigned [assigned] to when he was discharged from the US Army.  It is NOT the unit your father was assigned [assigned] to prior to May 8, 1945.  
       In your question you typed "In box 33 there is a note that says Purple Heart GO 9 HQ 106 AAA AW BN 28 Jan 45."  I am familiar with the 106th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self Propelled) Kentucky National Guard, one of the finest AAA Units to serve in the M.T.O. during WW 2.  The 106th was the unit your father was assigned [assigned] to prior to May 8, 1945.  In other words, the 106th was the unit your father served in combat with during WW 2.  The 410th was the unit your father was assigned [assigned] to after May 8, 1945, to return to the U.S.A.
       In your question you typed "said he was a cannoneer on a half track".  That is true.  The Half-Track is what made the 106th Self Propelled.
       In your question you typed "only photograph of him.......the 103d cactus division."  The correct numerical designation was the 103rd Infantry Division.  Some referred to the unit as "The Cactus Division" because of the shoulder patch.  The cactuc represented the region where the unit was first organized, Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona.
       Would you be so kind as to share with me ALL THE DATES typed in Box #36 on page two of your father's Discharge Document (WD AGO Form 53-55)?
       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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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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