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Where was WAC basic training in 1943?

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Hello All,

As some may know , My Aunt Annie was a WAC SSgt and was stationed in Karachi India during WW2. I have her uniforms along with her CBI uniforms and currectly have this one on display.

 

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I have this photo of her as a Sergeant wearing an AAF patch,

 

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I am trying to research her service prior to going to the CBI.

 

One member of the family is saying she talked about either Alabama or Mississippi. They are not sure which.

 

Would this area have been basic or other training?

 

I did a NARA search and have entered all the info required, but I'm getting the "0 results found" answer. I did get lucky when I looked up her laundry number from the site I found here( Thanks for that link) "J-5845" which gave me her whole service nimber of A-305845 and a some brief details. But that is as far as I've gotten..

 

I appreciate any and all help.

Thanks

Semper Fi

Phil


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Thank you for the reply and links Salvage Sailor.

It looks like I have some reading to do.

 

 

Semper Fi

Phil


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Source: FamilySearch.org

 

Note: Name spelled Johon on this census but it's the correct family.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Source: FamilySearch.org

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Source: FamilySearch.org

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Anna R. Joanni's MOS is shown to be 213, which is Stenographer.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Source: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/general-r-e-callan.html

 

General R. E. Callan (AP-139)

The ship that Anna R. Joanni came back to the states on.

 

On 26 September 1945 General R. E. Callan (AP-139) stood out to eastward, touching Karachi, India, via the Suez and returning to New York with a full load of veterans on 21 November 1945.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Note: Major Edward D. Badgett was designated Group Commander of Reception and Separation Center numbers 7 and 32, Fort Sheridan, ILL. Anna R. Joanni was on Group 32's list.

 

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Source: NewspaperArchives.com

 

Note: Two of the WAC's on the same list as Anna R. Joanni are in this newspaper article. They are Evelyn M. Graber and Grace M. Dennis.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Source: NewspaperArchives.com

 

Just adding this for interest sake.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Thank you aznation,

That is some amazing information you found.

I had the 1930 census from back when I had a Ancestry.com account,

The 1920 is something I didn't find, Yes the last name is spelled different, But those are all the names of my aunts and Grandmother and GGF and GGM. The uncle Stephen passed away before I was born.

 

The military info is what has me smiling from ear to ear.

 

Fantastic finds and I am truly grateful for you assistance.

So it looks like she was at Ft. Sheridan in Illinois prior to departing to Karachi.

That article about how happy they were to see the WAC's arrive shows in the photo album I have of her time there.

Wolf packs surrounding their prey is more like it!!!

 

Thank you again for your help and the time you spent looking this up.

 

Semper Fi

Phil


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Hi Phil, you're welcome.

 

Regarding Ft. Sheridan in Illinois, I believe that's where Anna was supposed to report for separation. The ship that she was on, General R. E. Callan (AP-139), containing many veterans returning to the United States sailed on Oct. 30, 1945 and arrived in New York on Nov. 21, 1945. From there Anna and the group that's listed with her were to report to Ft. Sheridan, Illinois for separation. I'm pretty sure since those other WAC's in that one newspaper article dated Jan. 10, 1945 were on the same ship list as Anna, then most likely she was there as well at that time. My guess is Anna and those other WACs arrived in India sometime before that but exactly when is uncertain at this point.


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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Thank you for the clarification , This was her getting out paper work and not her going to documents. I need to pay attention to the dates on these.

 

She has 2 overseas stripes on her uniform. I was thinking she was there for a year.

I used to spend weekends at her house in New Jersey when I was a child.

I remember her saying she was in India when we dropped the atomic bomb on Japan.

 

I do appreciate you helping me out with this.

Thanks!

 

Semper Fi

Phil


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Hi Phil,

 

So, if she had 2 overseas stripes on her uniform then that means she was overseas at least from Oct 44 - Oct 45. Since the two atomic bombs were dropped on Aug 6th and 9th, 1945, then she would've definitely been in India at that time. I've looked pretty good but if I find something else I'll certainly post it here. -- Matt


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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Sorry for this duplicate and more. I didn't think the first post went through and started this all over again.

 

Thank you for all the assistance with this.

I see I need to pay attention to the dates listed.

If I did I would have seen that this was her coming home and not her heading to India.

 

She has 2 overseas bars on her uniform. So I take it to mean she was over there for a year.

I used to spend weekends at her house in New Jersey when I was a child.

I remember her telling me she was in India when the Atomic bomb was dropped on Japan.

 

Other than that, she never really spoke about it to any of the family except for sharing the many photo's she had of her time spent. But would never talk about all the men in the pictures or who they were. That last part is coming from my female cousin's who is a bit older that I am.

 

Since I am the KEEPER of History in my family, I am currently in possession of all her uniforms and the photo's.

 

I can't thank you enough for all of your help and time spent looking this information up.

So Thanks Again!

Semper Fi

Phil

 

Thank you Matt!


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No problem Phil. By the way it's a great looking photograph and uniform.


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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Hey Phil, thanks for sharing the link to your previous post. I loved looking at all the other uniforms. They're awesome!


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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Hello aznation , I'm glad you liked the uniforms. It's nice to know that others enjoy these as much as I do.

I thought I would go with the National Archives SF-180 form and see if I could get more info of her time before going to India,

So I posted the FANTASTIC info you found on the Family FB page and was trying to get her Date of Death, which is required for the SF-180 for a deceased veteran.

After getting some of their thought's, It came out that they thought she was down South for training( Louisiana ,Mississippi) , So I started to look deeper in the links Salvage Sailor posted.

(Thanks SS).

 

Then I just got a call from my Mom, She said "Philip this just popped in my head and maybe Aunt Annie is talking to me. But Fort Ogelthorpe",

So I look that up and I find this. I think it's a BINGO for basic training.

 

https://www.nps.gov/articles/chickamaugawac.htm

 

What do you think????

 

Semper Fi

Phil


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Hi Phil,

 

I think Fort Ogelthorpe is definitely a possibility.

 

Does no one in the family have her date of death or where she is buried?


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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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When I spoke to my Mom, I mentioned what I was looking for and she thought she had the newspaper and also the funeral service memorial card. I told he whenever you get a chance.

She called me back in 5 minutes and did find her DoD and now I can move on with filling out the SF-180.

 

They know where she is buried and she is visited often. They knew the year but not the exact day.

 

And it was Alabama or Mississippi they thought she was at.

 

 

I just wanted to thank you again Matt. The info you found was priceless!!!

 

Semper Fi

Phil


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