My great-great-uncle, James D. Gillespie, served in Germany from 1946 -1948. He joined in March of 1946, as soon as he turned 18, served in Fritzlar, Geissen and Kassel (that I know), married a German girl and they came back to the USA December 1948. They returned to his native Tennessee for a year or two before heading up to Cleveland, Ohio where he worked at the big Ford Engine plant for the rest of his life. He died in 1977, a few months before his 50th birthday. They had no children, and he was the youngest child, and all his siblings are now gone. I have very limited information about him, but am trying to find out more. He has always been my personal hero, for as long as I can remember. I have no way of knowing what unit he was in or what he did over there. I do have three letters that he wrote to a sister. The return address does have lots of stuff listed, but I don't know what it all means. I transcribed them, and if it would help to see a scan of them, let me know! 1: 820m. Ing. Co. 15 Ba. Virginia (This is during training, before shipping out) 2: 3233 A.m. Sn. co. APO 169 - from Geissen, Germany 3: Det.A 7801st S.C.V. Fritzlar Sub. post. A.P.O. 171 - from Kassel, Germany I have attached a picture of him while he was in Germany. The patch was identified as a European Theatre of Occupation Advanced Base Comminications Zone patch. I was wondering if anyone would know if the return address lingo gives any info about his unit, etc. I'm afraid most of my military knowledge is Air Corps, so I am not up on Army terms (no squadrons!). Also, I saw something about US Constabulary units. Would he has been in a constabulary unit? Really, I don't know much about the Occupation of Germany. I saw a medal that was Army of Occupation medal, and was wondering - would he have had one? What would he have worn or done, etc.? Thanks for any help or advice! Please feel free to ask any questions!