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2008/03/08 00:44:43 (permalink)
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WWII Seperation/Honorable Discharge papers

My father's records must have been destroyed in the fire in 1973 as the Army cannot find any records for him.  I have a copy of his Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge and am trying to decipher some of the codes on the back.  We would like to reconstruct some of his record and provide the Army with information so we can get a copy of medals awarded. 

We do have some info:
    23 Feb 42   Fort Leavenworth, Kansas            Entered service
                    Shepard Field, Witchta Falls, Tx     Boot camp
                    Palm Beach, Fl                            886 MP's
                    Nassau Bahamas                         86th MP's   Took over Mess Hall while in Nassau
       Apr 44    Shipped out to San Francisco, departed Frisco on Laur Line Troop Transport to Australia
       Sep 44   Arrived Lae, New Guinea               Arrived on Labor Day
                   Was also in Biak, New Guinea
    Aug 45       Brisbane, Australia                       R&R when Japan surrendered
    Aug 45       Returned to Lae, New Guinea, stripped a B24 and loaded Mess facilities, flew to Okinawa
                    then to Japan until Oct 45.

In block 32, Battles and campaigns the following is entered:  GO 33 WD 45 New Guinea.

In block 36 Service Outside Continental US and Return the following is entered:
    Date of Departure   Destination   Date of Arrival
      2 Aug 43               ATO               2 Aug 43
    26 Feb 44               USA              27 Feb 44
    19 Aug 44               APT                4 Sep 44
    29 Oct 45               USA                2 Nov 45
If anyone knows what these codes mean or can point me to another source I would greatly appreciate it.


David
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RE: WWII Seperation/Honorable Discharge papers 2008/03/08 12:10:50 (permalink)
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David -
GO 33 WD 45 - General Order #33 War Department 1945 , New Guinea.
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RE: WWII Seperation/Honorable Discharge papers 2008/03/08 18:05:45 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby sandyhgotham 2014/02/26 09:01:15
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ATO = Atlantic Theater of Operations (Nassau) - I admit that I never heard it called this name, but the acronym fits.
APT = Asiatic-Pacific Theater (New Guinea-Australia)

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RE: WWII Separation/Honorable Discharge papers 2008/03/09 18:18:35 (permalink)
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ATO is more likely the American Theater, which included one campaign (the Antisubmarine Campaign).  Credit for service in the American Theater did not include service in the USA.  The boundaries (cut and paste) were:

The geographical definitions of the American Campaign Area is: East boundary. -- From the North Pole, south along the 75th meridian west longitude to the 77th parallel north latitude, thence southeast through Davis Strait to the intersection of the 40th parallel north latitude and the 35th meridian west longitude, thence sough along that meridian to the 10th parallel north latitude, thence southeast to the intersection of the equator and the 20th meridian west longitude, thence along the 20th meridian west longitude to the South Pole. West boundary -- From the North Pole, south along the 141st meridian west longitude to the east boundary of Alaska, thence south and southeast along the Alaskan boundary to the Pacific Ocean. thence south along the 130th meridian to its intersection with the 30th parallel north latitude, thence southeast to the intersection of the equator and the 100th meridian west longitude, thence south along the 100th meridian west longitude to the South Pole.

I didn't look at a map to see if these made sense.
 
Oh, and 886 MP's probably means the 886th Military Police Company, Aviation (which eventually became the 886th Guard Squadron, and in 1984 was consolidated with the 866th Combat Defense Squadron as the 486th Security Police Squadron).

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RE: WWII Separation/Honorable Discharge papers 2008/03/09 21:16:15 (permalink)
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Yep, American Theater makes more sense.
I know they had an Eastern and Western Theater of Operations early in the war, which covered the coastal areas of the the United States.
Bernie knows his stuff, I yield to him.

Mark
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