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Our Dad's WWII service

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  1. Suzanne Price

    Suzanne Price New Member

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    My sister and I are going to Normandy this summer. We are proud of our dad's military service in WWII and want to take this journey in honor of him and his service to our country.

    I have his "Enlisted Record and Report of Separation/Honorable Discharge" paper. But I don't understand all of the terms. Would you be able to explain:
    Box 6: Hq Btry 459/CA Bn (I have searched online and don't see "459" anywhere)
    Box 30: Clerk Typist 405 (He always told us that he was a supply sergeant with a tank or a jeep)
    Box 32: Lists several locations of battles plus this phrase which I don't understand " GO 223 Hq XIX Corps 27 Jul45"

    We have his travel itinerary which a soldier friend put together. It states arrival in Paris on August 27, 1944. Does that mean he was in one of the military parades that marched under the Arc de Triomphe?

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. R Leonard

    R Leonard Member

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    I believe you are looking for the 459 Antiaircraft Battalion . . . a goodly number of Coast Artillery (the CA) you see were converted and re designated as AA units for overseas deployment. Most folks here are more knowledgeable on these army sorts of things than I and could explain it better. You might want to download the document here re the article on AA units assigned to the 9th Army. The 459th show up there.
    https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a509813.pdf
     
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    Post a picture of his discharge and more info about his itinerary.
     
  4. RichTO90

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    The 459th AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion (Mobile) was organized 1 September 1942 at Camp Hulen, Texas as Separate Coast Artillery Battalion AAA. It departed New York 21 October 1943 and landed England 3 November 1943. The battalion was assigned to First U.S. Army and V Corps for Operation NEPTUNE, attached to the 29th Infantry Division. The battalion as a whole landed on OMAHA Beach D+4 (10 June 1944), but advance detachments probably landed as early as D+1 (7 June). It remained attached to the 29th ID until 17 August 1944, then was attached again 28 September-29 October 1944. With a bit of digging I can probably deduce who else it was with for the rest of the war. It returned from Germany via Boston 24 October 1945 and was inactivated the next day at Camp Miles Standish.
     
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