Edited by HelmetguyCT, 07 June 2019 - 05:26 AM.
27th Division soldier with 3.5 years overseas
Posted 07 June 2019 - 04:46 PM
Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:12 PM
Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:05 PM
He has 2 Asiatic pacific ribbons and the Philippines liberation, the 27th Infantry Division never saw combat in the Philippines.
Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:03 AM
Think he has an American defense with one star
That's what I thought too but further looking makes it appear to be an Asiatic Pacific with one star and maybe an ETO with three stars? The American Defense is before the one with three campaign stars and appears to have no stars at all. Interesting mixed bag...
Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:42 AM
Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:46 AM
Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:48 AM
3.5 years and still a private? There is more to this picture.
You guys have to remember that promotions were NOT automatic in WWII and before and that it is VERY common to find a lot of soldiers who served for long periods of time that never rose above the rank of private, let alone PFC. There are any number of reasons why a guy wouldn't have been promoted. He could have been illiterate (most WWII soldiers had less than an 8th grade education and many soldiers from rural areas had much less). He could have also not been deemed to be capable tof leading soldiers in combat.
Ranks were also given by unit. Transfer from one unit to another would keep a soldier for keeping his old rank.
Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:51 AM
Posted 08 June 2019 - 11:02 AM
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