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Hello PaPa, thinking of you on this Veterans Day

Posted by on November 11, 2011

In honor of Veterans Day, I pulled out what I had as service records for both of my grandfathers.

My paternal grandfather, Hugo Morris WEBB, Sr., was a member of Battery B of the 547th antiaircraft artillery battalion. The campaigns listed on his Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge

are Rhineland and Central Europe and GO 33 WD 45 (from what I can see, this may be an additional decoration/citation that is actually pertinent to the box right below this one). One day, I’d like to trace his path with records, journals, diaries, compiled histories so I can better see what those three years were like.  Here’s PaPa Webb:

As I started exploring this idea, I found an outstanding resource at Dad’s War. It was created by  Wesley Johnston in honor of his father, Walter G. Johnston, Jr. who served in World War II. The home page is crucial as it describes “First Steps to Finding Your Dad’s Story — Start Here.” So start there.

I don’t have as much good stuff from my maternal grandfather, Rueben HENNEKE who left the service as a TEC 4. PaPa Henneke:

But Mom has requested the records as next-of-kin from the National Archives so we’ll see what arrives. Grandma’s record in the family bible (below) contains the only details I know.

She indicates that he entered the service on 3 May 1945 as a Private at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She described his service as:

  • Private, at camp Fort Bliss (Texas) from May 1945 to Oct. 1945 (I also have a certificates of completion for automotive mechanics training at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas for 28 Aug. 1945 and 15 Sep. 1945)
  • Private, at Fort Ord (Calif.) from Oct. 1945- 2 Nov. 1945 (this date was significant to Grandma as it was her 27th birthday)
  • Left U.S. from Fort Lawton, Washington on 2 Nov 1945
  • Arrived at Nagasaki, Japan on 27 Nov 1945
  • NOTE: I have a medical certificate dated 26 Aug. 1946 from the Headquarters 65th Engineer Combat Battalion, Office of the Surgeon, APO 25 (Kanacka Barracks), Honshu which is basically a medical release since he had been in “areas having high incidence of malaria, Helminthiasis, and Amoebic Dysenteries.”
  • Returned to U.S. 17 Sep. 1946 with rank of TEC 4 at Oakland Army Base, California on the ship Patrick Henry
  • Discharged at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on 25 Oct. 1946

Branch of Service says:

197 Eng. Dump Truck Co.
Automotive Mechanic
65th Combat Batt.

 

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