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.
Please visit my blog at WW2Connections.net
Richard V. Horrell
WW 2 Connections
2011 Richard Jones Road
Apt. E 26
Nashville TN 37215-2837
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.
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.