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QUESTION: My father was a part of the 648th Engineering Battalion In WWII.  He deployed overseas in the fall of 1944.  I have records of his stay in Australia but we understand he was also in New Guinea.  This period is a blank.  Any help will be appreciated.

Joseph F. Laws Jr.

ANSWER: Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "My father was a part of the 648th Engineering Battalion during WWII."  Would you be so kind as to indicate to me the Primary Source Documents you possess that indicate your father was assigned [assigned] to the 648th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion prior to September 2, 1945?
       In your question you typed "He deployed overseas in the fall of 1944."  Would you be so kind as to provide me with ALL THE DATES typed in Box #36 on page two of your father's Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55)?
       In your question you typed "we understand he was also in New Guinea."  Would you be so kind as to indicate to me the Primary Source Documents you possess that indicate your father "was also in New Guinea"?
       Good Luck with your quest.

  Respectfully,
   Richard V. Horrell
    WW 2 Connections
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QUESTION: Mr. Horrell,

I do not have any of the hard documentation you requested.   I have his serial number: 39339430.  We also had pictures dated October and November 1944 in Melbourne.  A Thanksgiving and Christmas card issued by the 648th Engineer TOP. BN from 1944.  Then a card from the Philippines.  Best wishes Merry Christmas(1945)? hoping he would be home before card reached us. The book Of Maps and men: battalion history 648th Engineers 1941-1945 I have tried to order through our local library in Lake Oswego OR.  Order placed 6/14/16.  This book was referenced by you in an earlier post to another inquirer.
Thank you again for your help.  Joseph F. Laws Jr. (Joe)

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Dear Sir,
       Thank you for your follow-up.  In it you typed "I do not have any of the hard documentation you requested."  That is very unfortunate.  With all due respect, it is very difficult to begin ACCURATE historic research without facts.
       In your follow-up you typed "We also had (had ?) pictures dated October and November 1944 in Melbourne."  The 648th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion departed Australia late March 1945.
       In your follow-up you typed "Then a card from the [sic] Philippines.  Best wishes Merry Christmas(1945)? hoping he would be home before card reached us."  The 648th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion was de-activated in The Philippines, November 10, 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.

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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.

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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