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    Currently in the genealogy mode. Enjoy the challenges of researching.
    I own and research the first digital Airborne 30-bit computer, used in the development of the P3 Orion, (see website link below).
  1. Here's the actual General Order for the First Army SSI that was sent to my Grandfathers 52nd Pioneer Infantry Unit. This is the Advance Copy, which might explain the different General Order number and issue date. Too bad this couldn't be at the very beginning of your post. Todd
  2. Has anyone seen this watch? I'm sure it's hard to determine authenticity of a specialty piece; (I tried not to use the phrase "one-of-a-kind). I'm curious if items like this are considered collectable and if they are considered modern trench art. Here's the ehay item# 181586101594
  3. So, entering service as a Private in May of 1918, promoted to Corporal in July 1918 and promoted to Sgt in October of 1918 is probably correct.
  4. My interest is in the trenches of WW1 1918 France to be specific, but in any war, were promotions given out on the spot to replace the fallen/wounded/captured? How were the promotions presented? "Here's another stripe. Congratulations, you're a Sergeant now". ? Can a soldier rise from Private to Sergeant in 6 months? xtremex
  5. This website details the first digital Airborne 30-bit computer, developing the P3 Orion into the most feared Sub Hunter/Killer ever. (Also a bit of shameless self-promotion). P3OrionTopSecret.com
  6. I would be happy to host them on my website; linked in my profile. xtremex
  7. For some reason, the link doesn't work. Just go to the archives.gov site and enter "SF-180" into the search bar. The first listing should be for that form. I sent mine in this week. There may be a cost associated with it (printing) and Uncle Sam says he'll let you know how much, so make sure to add your contact info to the form in case they call with the total. I figure 4-12 weeks for delivery.
  8. File form SF-180. Extremely easy to do. Download and print 3 pages. The first page is the instructions, the second page is the information form (ie, name, do you want a copy of the complete file? Medical records?), the third page lists which address to send it to. Records over 62 years old are considered archival and do not require a next-of-kin signature. www.archives.gov/vetarans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html
  9. I'm glad you finally met your great-grandfather, Mike. I'm experiencing the same euphoria researching my grandfather. Keep digging; there's more to discover!
  10. The shameful thing is the loss of provenance. Who's medal was this? Why was it awarded to him? Who's that guy in the picture? The larger the gap between the event and real-time, the less interested the generations will become. How much is taught in schools about WW1 & WW2? God forbid we teach that violence! My teenage son has no interest in the genealogy of our family that I'm into. He has no interest in the military career of his great-grandfather. BUT, he is home schooled and he knows why the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan happe
  11. Thanks again for the lead. Some of these unit histories seem very short. Still, I'll keep searching for the book.
  12. Hey all, I've been researching my family genealogy, and more recently, Grandpa's stint in the US Army. Some information led me to believe he was in the 52nd Infantry Regiment. Right off the bat, up pops Wikipedia and an article describing the 52nd's attachment to the 6th Division. I've been reading articles for days about the sight-seeing Sixth and their adventures. Then, just hours ago, I discovered that Grandpa was with the 52nd Pioneer Infantry. This seems to be a totally different Regiment. Can someone verify this? Thanks, xtremex
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