31st Air Service Group

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  1. David G

    David G New Member

    My dad was part of the Hq & Base squadron of the 31st Air Service Group. He passed in 2004 and all of is service records and photos he had were lost in hurricane katrina. I tried to get his service records but they were lost in the 1973 archive fire. Is there any other resource to get his service information, or information on the 31st?
     
  2. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    David welcome to this forum. I found some articles about the 31st.
    Can you give your fathers name and ASN,thank you.

    Jaap
     

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  3. David G

    David G New Member

    His name is Thomas G. Gonzales he was a corporal His ASN is 38-620-197. My uncle said he was attached to a different unit first, then was attached to the 31st 1945 until September 1946. He also said that he thought that my father earned an expert infantry badge, but I don't think that's possible if he was in the AAF.
     
  4. David G

    David G New Member

    I forgot. Thanks for the articles on the 31st. Interesting reading.
     
  5. David G

    David G New Member

    Any suggestions on where I can search for service records?
     
  6. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    David,
    I am not finding a record of your dad; Thomas G Gonzales , ASN: 38620197 by name or number on the NARA online archive here https://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=WR26
    other than this "other" enlisted record https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record...omas+G+Gonzales&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=1726002

    As you have his ASN do you also have his discharge/separation document? Sadly there are few other sources for personal personnel records which were lost in the 1973 NPRS, St. Louis fire. You could check with the VA who might have records if he was hospitalized during service. Another long shot is checking with the court house in the city where he first resided after discharge, veterans were encouraged to register their separation papers here for future benefits. Other than those options the best that can be searched now is the 31st Air Service Group Hq & Base squadron, sadly there seems little to find.

    First, according to the ARMY AIR FORCES OVERSEAS STATION LIST ON 1 MAY 1945 (a snapshot in time on this date) the 31st Air Service Group - Hq & Base Serv Sq was stationed at North Field, Guam Island, Marianas.

    Searching the Air Force History Index (holdings at AFHRA, Maxwell, AFB archive) the results are slim http://airforcehistoryindex.org/search.php?q=GROUP/0031/SERVICE&c=u&h=25&F=&L=

    This one stands out http://airforcehistoryindex.org/data/000/100/245.xml perhaps worth a request by you from AFHRA for this document. For email requests to AFHRA use this address:
    AFHRA.NEWS@US.AF.MIL also found on their main page http://www.afhra.af.mil/ at the bottom of announcements column.

    Much of this direction is also available on the forum research help page http://www.forum.armyairforces.com/pages/research/

    Good luck, and good hunting.
    Scott M
     
  7. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  8. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    David, in the link 25Kingman49, (which gives 57 hits when I run it) concentrate on those that say
    Group/0031/Service or Group/0031/Air Service. I think there are 18 or so, they are ALL on Reel 1998. If you are lucky, all of those are on a single CD which you can order from. Maxwell for $30. It is not clear what any of them actually say, some appear to be monthly reports, etc. but you might get lucky.
     
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  9. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

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  10. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    David,
    Do you know your dad's Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)?

    There is a little history and data for the 31st Air Service Group here http://www.cbi-history.com/part_iii_asg.html

    Leads here http://www.cbi-history.com/part_iii_asg.html#27

    A little more here http://39th.org/39th/ground/ASGmain.html

    On a side note, North Field, Guam still exists, now named Andersen AFB http://www.andersen.af.mil/ during WWII this was also Headquarters for XXI Bomber Command as well as General Curtis LeMay's Headquarters.
     
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  11. David G

    David G New Member

     
  12. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    David,
    Did you intend to add a comment here? If so it did not publish to the forum.
    Scott M
     
  13. David G

    David G New Member

    Sorry. Yes. I found a copy of his discharge . It's in bad shape having gone through the flood waters of hurricane katrina. I will try to post a copy.
     
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  14. David G

    David G New Member

    Here is the best I can provide.
     

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  15. David G

    David G New Member

    It said he earned the expert infantry badge. Was that even possible in the Army Air Force?
     
  16. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, David.
    As recorded your dad was a Cook; MOS 060 https://militaryyearbookproject.com/references/old-mos-codes/wwii-era/usmc-wwii-codes/food/060-cook inducted into military service 27 December 1944.
    Goodness knows the AAF could use a little Cajun seasoning in their recipes. Yes, in basic and advanced training it is beyond highly possible (documented here) he "was" awarded an expert infantry badge, this would carry forward to AAF service.

    Looking at deployment this document is a bit difficult to read and there might be some typo's?

    Departed 26 Aug 1945 (looks like 43) to AP (assumed Area Pacific) arrived 18 Sept 45; (Jap surrender 2 September 1945)

    Departed 16 August 1946 to US arrived 11 September 1946

    If I am reading this document correctly your dad deployed (likely to Guam) postwar. There remained a major mission here returning AAF forces to the US and deploying occupation forces to Japan beyond 1946.
     
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  17. David G

    David G New Member

    Thanks for all of the information.
     
  18. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    David,
    I hope my comment about Cajun seasoning was taken in good spirit, it was intended as a complement; rereading now in hindsight perhaps not appropriate.

    Here is an example of a Discharge/Separation document (with some redacted personal data) which might make it easier to understand the various [box categories with numbers] difficult to read on your Dad's AAF (Army - all the same) separation document. Your Dad's AAF separation date [box number 7] appears to be 30 October 1946.

    Note regarding the example separation document, this serviceman never served with the unit he was discharged from (6th Armored Division) in PA postwar (28 Sept 45), that was an Army conveniences discharge unit. In fact after fighting Japs in Alaska he served in the EMAE (western Europe only) with the Hq & Hq Company, 18th Tank Battalion, Combat Command A, 8th Armored Division, (just for the record).

    Example WWII discharge paper.jpg
    Thomas G. Gonzales.PNG
     
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  19. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Thanks Scott. I didnt know that all these units has a code. Still learning,

    Jaap
     

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  20. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    David,
    I contacted my friend Jeff Meyer who is the Andersen AFB historian seeking a map of North Field Guam during WW II which would show where the 31st Air Service Group area was located. As the 31ASG was tasked to serve the 19th Bomb Group they would have been located in the area of the attached map with large number 19. In general this map depicts the hardstands and service areas of the 314th Bomb Wing stationed at North Field and its bomb groups; 19BG, 29BG, 39BG and 330BG.

    This was Jeff's initial offering, however he has a more detailed map but it will take extra time to recover and share that map; (Andersen has been on alert status ever since the N Koreans went a little nuts resulting in other tasks taking priority).

    I realize this current map is rather low resolution, and cropped making it difficult to locate on the island. hopefully the next one will be much better. I also requested if possible a map showing the relationship of the base to the Guam northeast coast line and Pati Point. Maybe that can be accomplished in the GEarth areal of Guam and Andersen AFB attached. The runway directions have not changed, however aircraft hardstands and supporting functions are with little doubt completely changed from WW II but at least you're looking at the right end of the island.

    Will update as soon as I get something new from Jeff.

    Guam Map of North Fid  7 Mar 45.jpg
    Guam, Andersen AFB (North Field).jpg
     
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