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Harold Preston (Hap)

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I am currently trying to help my Uncle find any information regarding his father, an American serviceman who was stationed in Auckland, New Zealand from early 1943-April/May 1944. Does anybody recognize this name? I believe him to be a Seabee as he was described as a marine engineer. He may even have been with CBMU 502 as they were in New Zealand during these dates but this is purely a guess. Harold was described as "solid build with fair hair." Any help would be appreciated.

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268th C.A.

looked on Ancestry there are pages of Harold Preston's. I found two that were US Navy WW2. One there is little information here is the other. Harold Lawrence Preston Bn: 03 Oct. 1907 Navy enlistment 31 Mar 1942 released 23 Oct 1945

looks like reddish hair...


Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919

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Thanks for your reply but there is no resemblance that I can see and from the information I have he would have been too old. Perhaps you could answer a question for me if you wouldn't mind? Did the US servicemen in WW2 have their names on their uniforms? I have been wondering if the spelling of Preston is incorrect. I was told Harold was called Hap by his friends as his middle name was Alan. He was born about 1916, had a sister Anna, a brother Paul and both parents were deceased by 1943. I have spent many hours searching on Ancestry but coming up with nothing.

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