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  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 tha
  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
  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
  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 co
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