Military History/My father - WW 2

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QUESTION: Dear Mr. Horrell.  I would like to know more about my father's military service as he did not speak much about it.  He was in the 63rd.Combat Engineers in Europe, France perhaps.  A cousin of mine says he was at the Battle of the Bulge but I nor my mother recall hearing him talk about it.  He was born in 1917 in Gary, IN. I will be happy to provide more information to you.  Thank you.

ANSWER: Dear Ms.,
       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 "He was in the 63rd.Combat Engineers".  I am familiar with the 63rd Engineer Combat Battalion, an organic elements of the 44th Infantry Division.  
       In your question you typed "A cousin of mine says he was at the Battle of the Bulge".  Since I have no FACTS at this time to research about your father's role in WW 2, it is impossible to comment whether or not your father fought in the "Battle of the Bulge".  However, I can confirm that the 63rd Engineer Combat Battalion, as well as the entire 44th Infantry Division, did participate in the Battle of the Bulge, fought during the coldest European Winter of the 20th Century!
       In your question you typed "I will be happy to provide more information to you."  My request of you is that you send me, via First Class U.S.P.S. a photocopy of your father's four page Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55).  Please be sure to include an e-mail address for ease of response.  It would be my pleasure to share with you all the FACTS I glean from the documents.
       Good Luck with your quest.

  Respectfully,
   Richard V. Horrell
    WW 2 Connections
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QUESTION: Dear Sir.  Thank you for the quick response.  Is there any other information that I can give you as the documents "WD AGO Form 53-55" that you request are not available. I'll be happy to send (confidentially)his name, birth date and SSN if that will help.  I'm afraid that any military documents have long since been lost. I know my dad was proud to serve in the army and as we are coming up to Memorial Day I feel it's a pity that I should not know more.

Kind regards,
Diane

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Dear Ms.,
       Thank you for your follow-up.  Without a photocopy of your father's Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55) I have no FACTS to begin my research of his role in WW 2.  Over 16 million men & women served in the US Military during WW 2, so a name alone is of no use.  Personnel Files are listed with the Serial Number, so a SSN is of no use either.  
       When your father was discharged from the US Army he was provided with 6-10 copies of his Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55).  Not one of the 6-10 copies are available to you?
       In your initial contact you indicates that your father was assigned [assigned] to the 63rd Engineer Combat Battalion prior to May 8, 1945.  What is your source that your father was assigned [assigned] to the 63rd Engineer Combat Battalion prior to May 8, 1945?
       Good Luck with your quest.

  Respectfully,
   Richard V. Horrell
    WW 2 Connections

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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.

Experience

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.

Organizations
AASLH, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society

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

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

Awards and Honors
Assisting the National Archives on numerous occasions during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of WW 2, 1991-95.

Past/Present Clients
Respectfully, I do not disclose the names of the clients I deal with. I have a confidentially agreement with them.

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