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  1. Scott13

    Shoulder Cords

    Man you guys are great, and I really didn’t mean to ruffle anyone’s feathers. We never know what that “first letter” was before PO, we all thought it was a 6 also. As I said that makes so much more sense. hey limbs work, you all have a way better shot than I do of catching little details. But it adds more to the confusion since he’s back to PFC in his postcard from Africa. That means between 8/42 enlistment as a regular PVT In coastal Atry and 10/43 In Africa he was promoted to SGT and busted back to PFC. but I guess that goes with his insistence that he not be responsible for
  2. Scott13

    Shoulder Cords

    No disrespect intended. Just pointing out that the unit has to exist. I have had multiple eyes on that address and all agree those are numbers not letters. FA would fit better I agree but it doesn’t look that way. and I’ve appreciated all input, there is very little unit info and with the archive fire, can’t get anything from there. as for rank, it just doesn’t fit anywhere and again without his service record to see his ups and downs there’s no use guessing. again thanks for sharing your knowledge
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    Shoulder Cords

    although you claim there was no 96th Bn, that’s where he addressed his postcard from...so it existed somehow. The image has not notes on it but it couldn’t have been stateside OR as I’ve said it was taken between a promotion and demotion. He enlisted 8/42 as a PVT and by Nov/43 in Africa he’s only a PFC as indicated on the address. I’ve tracked the 194ths movements but they aren’t always clear. Plus I’ve been told it was a Corps or divisional asset. But he’s in the 12th Corps in the pic and 9th Div didn’t serve with 12th Corps that I can see. I do know he HATED Patton so knowing the 12th
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    Shoulder Cords

    There are issues with that. He enlisted in Aug ‘42 We have a post card from North Africa that is addressed from Btry C 194th 96th Bn in ‘43 we have medals from track events with the 9th Inf Div in Germany ‘45 He was discharged in Oct ‘45 from Btry C 84th FA Bn
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    Shoulder Cords

    Right so I remember in taking to him that he refused to be responsible for other men’s lives so every time they’d promote him he’d get himself busted back down. It could be in Germany, he was discharged in Oct ‘45 We have some pics from his time in Germany and also his medals from the 9th Div track meets. But this is the only picture that exists of him with stripes on his sleeve and we know by the time he returned to the states he was a PFC again lol. We know he immediately enlisted in the Navy as soon as he was discharged and served as an able seaman 2nd Class until 1947.
  6. Scott13

    Shoulder Cords

    Right so I remember in taking to him that he refused to be responsible for other men’s lives so every time they’d promote him he’d get himself busted back down. It could be in Germany, he was discharged in Oct ‘45 We have some pics from his time in Germany and also his medals from the 9th Div track meets. But this is the only picture that exists of him with stripes on his sleeve and we know by the time he returned to the states he was a PFC again lol. We know he immediately enlisted in the Navy as soon as he was discharged and served as an able seaman 2nd Class until 1947.
  7. Scott13

    Shoulder Cords

    Pretty sure it’s not stateside, my grandfather only held 2 ranks while in the states, regular pvt when he enlisted and PFC when he was discharged so my guess is in the ETO somewhere. He’s not wearing any of the medals/ribbons he would Mmmm have earned for a post war picture if his intent was to “look sharp” for a photo. But as to what the cords are you are probably correct, someone said wear these cause of blah blah blah in combat so they did. But obviously not an official regular Army item, so we’ll never know. I was hoping it would better narrow down his combat and other movements during
  8. Scott13

    Shoulder Cords

    Lots of knowledge here so perhaps you can help me identify this shoulder device. This is a picture of my grandfather from some point 1943-45. He served in a Corps asset artillery battalion, at this time the 12th Corps as you can see from his shoulder patch. But what I can find no reference anywhere is the double white lanyard on his left shoulder. Although there are sepia tones, I know they are white as the should patch blue and yellow colors are recognizable. Any invites would be greatly appreciated.
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