Military History/1946 ETO QM Truck Companies
QUESTION: My father's Army personnel records show that from January - November 1946, he was a platoon officer of the following QM Truck Companies: 439, 644, 3800,4008, 3384, 3757, 3756. What was the role of these TCs post-war? I believe that he was in Germany. I recall him saying that his convoy was attacked, but I don't understand how that would be if the war was over. I'm trying to get a general understanding of his role so that I can include it in his obituary. Thank you.
ANSWER: Dear Ms.,
Thank you for your question. In it you typed "My father's Army personnel records.......3384, 3757, 3756." From my sources, the 439th, 644th & 3384th QM Truck Companies (TC) did, in fact, serve with the Army of Occupation, Germany, post-May 8, 1945.
In your question you typed "What was the role of these TCs post-war?" Transporting Military Personnel, refugees, DPs (Displaces Persons) from one location to another, for either the US Military, Allied Military, or the United Nations. Or, transporting food, clothing, building materials, etc, from one location to another, again for the same entities.
In your question you typed "I believe that he was in Germany." You are correct, the Army of Occupation was in Germany, as well as Austria.
In your question you typed "I recall him saying that his convoy was attacked, but I don't understand how that would be if the war was over." Organized hostilities ended on V-E Day, Tuesday, May 8, 1945. However, one of two entities could have "attacked" your father's convoy after V-E Day. One would have been DPs, trying to obtain what they needed to survive, or barter for other items to survive. The Black Market was rampant in post-WW 2 Europe.
The other entity were termed "werewolves" [sic]. These were German youths (ex-Hitler Youth) who wished to continue to fight. Attacking convoys did, to some degree, disrupt the Army of Occupation. It also provided the werewolves with what they needed to survive in the rural areas of Germany, 1945-47. Eventually the werewolves lost interest, but not before killing a number of Allied Military Personnel as well as United Nations Personnel.
Would you be so kind as to provide me with ALL THE DATES typed in Box #32 on page two of your father's Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-96)?
You have my respects during this time of bereavement.
Richard V. Horrell
WW 2 Connections
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QUESTION: I couldn't find Dad's WD AGO 53-96. I've also compiled a list of his assignments with dates, title, and station that I could send to you as a pdf. I've copy and pasted the data into this box, but I don't know how well you'll be able to read it.
DATE DUTIES/TITLE ORGANIZATION/STATION/THEATRE
9/9/1943 34850504 PVT ENLISTED FT BRAGG NC
9/30/43-6/45 ANB INFANTRYMAN (RIFLEMAN) CPL 745 555TH PRCHT BN, CP MCCALLL NC
9/30/43-10/12-43 PVT RECEPTION CENTER PROCESSED
10/14-19/43 PVT 1170TH TNG GP KEESLER FLD, MISS
10/20-12/30/43 PVT 55TH TNG GP BASIC TNG
12/31/43-1/22/44 PVT 15TH RCD, DANIEL FLD, GA
1/27-3/31/44 PFC 302ND AVN SQ, MCCLELLAN FIELD CALIF GD PATROLMAN
4/1/1944 CPL, CLERK TYPIST 4909TH AAF BU (AVN SQ) MCCLELLAN FIELD CALIF
4/6/1945 PARACHUTIST PAR63S083 HQ TIC FT BNG GA
6/45-10/8/45 OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL INF OCS FT BENNING GA
10/8/1945 19TH 3D STU TNG REGT INF SCH FT BENNING GA
10/9/1945 PLAT OFFICER IRTC FT MCCLELLAN ALA
10/9/1945 TEMP 2ND LT 01338937
11/21/1945 REINF O GFRD CP PICKETT VA
1/7/1946 PLAT OFFICER 439 QM TRK CO ETO
1/8/1946 HWY TRANS OFF HQ 461ST QM GP
3/27/1946 PLAT OFFICER 644 QM TRK CO ETO
5/8/1946 PLAT OFFICER 3800 QM TRK CO ETO
5/19/1946 PLAT OFFICER 4008 QM TRK CO ETO
6/20/1946 TRANSPORTATION CORPS UNIT PERSONNEL OFFICER 2200 3384 QM TRK CO ETO
9/3/1946 PLAT OFFICER 3757 QM TRK CO ETO
11/19/1946 PLAT OFFICER 3756 QM TRK CO ETO
1/5/1947 2ND LT
1/18/47-11/15/48 ORC SVC NOT ON ACTIVE DUTY
11/29/1948 PLT LDR (DS, 9TH INF) 4 INF FT LEWIS WASHINGTON
1/28/1949 PLT LDR CO K 9 INF FT LEWIS WASHINGTON
3/31/1949 PLAT LDR (A & P) HQ CO 3BN 9 INF FT LEWIS WASHINGTON
2/6/1950 PLT LDR CO L 9 INF FT LEWIS WASH SO#23 (3FEB50)
7/15/1950 A & P PLT LDR HQ CO 3BN 9 INF FT LEWIS WASHINGTON
9/18/1950 PLT LDR CO L 9 INF AFFE
11/16/1950 PLT LDR CO M 9 INF AFFE
12/3/1950 PATIENT 8TH STA HOSP KOBE AFFE
12/8/1950 PATIENT NARA STA HOSP AFFE
2/28/1951 ASST BN S-3 HQ&HQ CO 3BN 9TH INF AFFE
6/26/1951 INSTR DY/W REGT'L S-3 (SD) SV BTRY 45FA FT JACKSON SC
8/31/1951 STU OFF (DS 8TH DIV INF SCH) BTRY C 56FA FT JACKSON SC
9/1/1951 STU OFF (DS 8TH DIV INF SCH) BTRY B 56 FA FT JACKSON SC
9/24/1951 INSTR (SD/W REGT'L TNG COMM) BTRY C 56FA FT JACKSON SC
11/10/1951 INSTR DY/W TAC COMM BTRY C 56FA FT JACKSON SC
1/28/1952 REGT'L TAC COMM CHIEF HQ 8TH DIV ARTY FT JACKSON SC
3/15/1952 TAC INSTR DY/W DIV TAC COMM 8TH SIG CO FT JACKSON SC
8/25/1952 TAC INSTR DY/W DMST & TAC CO 8TH RECON CO FT JACKSON SC
9/16/1953 BN S-4 HQ CO IST BN 26 INF REGT USAREUR SO#214 (16SEP53)
5/14/1954 SUPPLY STAFF OFF HQ 26TH INF REGT
6/9/1954 CO COMDR HQ CO 1ST BN 26 INF REGT USAREUR
11/1/1954 ASST QM OFFICER BAMBERG DET 7811 AUUSAREUR SO#241 (25OCT54)
9/13/1956 STU O (AIOAC#2) TDY TIS CALIF ARES ADGRU (6513) PRES OF SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA
2/20/1957 MI UNIT ADV (BERKELEY) USA ADV GP (USAR), CALF PRES OF S FRAN
2/1/1959 MI UNIT ADV (BERKELEY) NO CALIF AREA COMD (USAR ADV GP)
7/27/1959 MI UNIT ADV (USAR) XV USA CORPS (RES) W/STA EL CERRITO, CALIF
2/1/1960 MI UNIT ADV XV USA CORPS W/STA EL CERRITO, CALIF
10/20/1960 BG MOTOR OFFICER HQ&HQCO 1ST BG 7TH INF USAREUR
1/4/1961 BG S-4 HQ&HQCO 1ST BG 7TH INF USAREUR
1/18/1962 CO COMDR HQ&HQCO 1ST BG 7TH INF USAREUR
7/2/1962 CO COMDR HQ&HQCO 1ST BG 7TH INF USAREUR
12/13/1962 ASST S-3 LIAISON HQ&HQCO 1ST BG 7TH INF USAREUR
12/21/1962 CASUAL ENR TO CONUS
2/3/1963 LOG ADV TACT AREA SEC. II CORPS (CI) MAAG (9787) VIETNAM
4/22/1963 LOG ADV TACT AREA SEC. II CORPS (CI) MAAG VIETNAM
12/17/1963 CASUAL ENROUTE TO CONUS
2/3/1964 CO DET B-7 (CINSGCY) SDOPER DIV USASWC CO C 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST SF FTBRAGG NC
3/18/1964 CO DET B-7 (CINSGCY) CO C 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST SF FTBRAGG NC
4/1/1964 CO DET B-7 (CINSGCY) CO C 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST SF FTBRAGG NC
4/23/1964 INF UNIT COMDR HQ 7TH SFG (ABN)
4/24/1964 STU OFF USASWS, STAFF OFF (33-G-F7) CO C 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST SF FTBRAGG NC
5/23/1964 STU OFF USASWS, STAFF OFF (33-G-F3) CO C 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST SF FTBRAGG NC
7/18/1964 SP FORCES USASWS
7/19/1964 CO DET B-7 (CINSGCY) CO C 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST SF FTBRAGG NC
8/10/1964 CO DET C-4 (CINSGCY) CO D 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST ST FTBRAGG NC
11/18/1964 XO DET C-4 (CINSGCY) CO D 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST ST FTBRAGG NC
1/17/1965 CO DET C-4 (CINSGCY) CO D 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST ST FTBRAGG NC
4/10/1965 XO DET C-4 (CINSGCY) CO D 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST ST FTBRAGG NC
4/21/1965 CO DET B-12 (CINSGCY) CO D 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST ST FTBRAGG NC
5/17/1965 CO (CINSGCY) REAR DET CO E 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST SF FTBRAGG NC
5/22/1965 XO DET C-5 (CINSGCY) CO D 7TH SFG (ABN) 1ST ST FTBRAGG NC
Thank you for your follow-up. First, I must apologize for an error I made. My request of you was for your father's "WD AGO Form 53-96". The CORRECT request would have been for your father's WD AGO Form 53-98. Again, my apology for the error, I am sorry.
The attached list of assignments with dates, title and station are clear & concise for me to read. Your father has some career, especially his assignment to the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion!
Good luck with your quest.
Richard V. Horrell
WW 2 Connections