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HardWay

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    Mostly US Army, WWII, Europe...but endlessly fascinated by all sorts of militaria and military history. I also enjoy long distance hiking and travelling.
  1. Thank you so much for the info. So as I understand it, I mis-identified the patch I referred to as "ADSEC" --- it is actually the COMZ (ETOUSA) patch (there is no tab or scroll). I had surmised that this was something he probably had during his occupation time, but wanted to check and see if that would have been worn during his time in England. For the relatively brief period that the 839th were on the continent, they sure put on a lot of mileage: they were assigned to First, Third, and Seventh armies (and perhaps also Fifteenth Army as well, if only for a minute. I haven't confirmed that though.) I appreciate your time and information.
  2. Yes! I have seen that DUI in my dad's stuff, however it's been years since I've seen it and I'm worried where it might be. My father passed away in 2009, and although my mother set aside a few boxes of his stuff for me, I haven't found that piece yet. Dad had a number of various items from his service, but for some reason they were in random, various places around the house, and I'm hoping this wasn't somehow discarded. I do have dozens and dozens of letters my dad wrote, and a few were written on stationary made up by some of the guys in the battalion with an 839th "letterhead". I'll try to get a photo and upload it. My dad was a radio operator in C battery: T/4 Gregory Ferrey.
  3. (Short of introducing myself in the Introductions area, this is my first post -- so please bear with me if this is in the wrong place, or any other rookie errors I've made....) Among the patches and other memorabilia that my father kept from his time in WWII was an AGF patch and and "ADSEC" patch, and I've been wondering when & where he might have worn these (or if perhaps the ADSEC was something that he might have traded for?) For some background information: Dad was in the 839th AAA (AW) battalion (mobile); they arrived in the UK in Dec '44, and were encamped at a base somewhere near Trowbridge,England until the end of February '45. They arrived at LeHavre on 3 March '45, moved around for a few weeks at the whim of corps and armies, but were eventually attached to the 86th ID at the end of the war. Dad didn't have the points to go home, and the 86th was moved out of Europe to prepare for the Pacific, but Dad was able to remain in Germany for Occupation duties until April of '46. During this time he was shipped from unit to unit, including the 796th and 68th AAA battalions (as well as an AA brigade I haven't been able to identify yet -- perhaps the 34th?); all of his occupation postings appear to have been within the 7th Army Area. My question boils down to this: Would he have had this ADSEC patch during his time in the UK, or during his occupation duty? He also has an AGF patch. Would he have worn this at his reception center (Ft. Snelling, MN) prior to his assignment to the AAA at Ft. Bliss? He was mustered out at Ft. McCoy, WI almost immediately upon his return to the US, so I've doubted that patch relates to any other assignments. And if you will bear with one more question -- At one point in their training in the US, the 839th was posted at Santa Maria Army Airfield; Dad's letter said they were "actually attached to the air corps and have different arm patches and everything" -- would this have been the 4th Air Force? Would this patch have been worn on the right or left sleeve? (all the pictures I have of my dad during his training time show the AA Command patch on his left sleeve.) I appreciate any information, hints, or guidance you can give. Thanks.
  4. "Greeting"...as my father's draft notice said (although I'm quite sure that I'm happier to write that here than he was to read it on his birthday in 1943!) I am very happy to have joined this forum. I have found myself referred here countless times whenever I've been searching for answers on the internet, and have been happily sucked down endless rabbit holes as I read though post after post of interesting information written by a lot of very knowledgeable people. I have been a history nerd my entire life, but have always had a specific interest in WWII. Growing up I read everything I could get my hands on and tried to understand the "big picture", but was really more fascinated in the personal stories...hence my interest in the militaria of the period: they are the artifacts of someone's personal story. Also, my father served in Europe, and he was my hero. I look forward to learning more, and maybe even contributing my own tidbit or two whenever I can.
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