So I've been crazily searching the internet for two days on information that might be helpful to me in deciphering my recently received discharge papers for my grandpa and have come up empty-handed.I stumbled across a few messages on these boards where those as clueless as I were helped so I thought I'd give it a shot.A bit of background... My grandpa died long before I was born in 1976.My dad knows little about his father's military service because he never spoke about though he was a career military man.He does know that his dad might have had another child (when he enlisted, before he married my dad's mom) but has no information on that child.We also know that he was a POW during the Korean War, after escaping the Bataan Death March with two other men.He stayed in the jungle for years before being repatriated (and eventually died due to complications of diabetes he got while living in the jungle).This has basically been the extent of what we know since he died.I had requested my grandfather's records through NARA many times but with no service number we kept coming up empty handed until I finally received his discharge papers two days ago.Here's what I need help with as there are 5 pages here and my father nor I are very good with military codes and lingo (and I've got a lot of questions so bear with me). One report of separation states that his Organization was "1958 SCU WCFC DET CAS SNC Camp McQuaide CA".Is this his unit during this period of time and if not, what does this mean?Also, under Prior Service there is this: "5th Sig Co fr 24 May 37 to 19 Jul 40" and then it states that he was discharged by reason of expiration of terms of service (ETS).Apparently he lost 57 days under AW 107 and under reason for separation is this: "Par 4a (2) Sec I AR 315-366, 24 May 45, by reason of desertion and trial barred AW 39 & 1st Ind Ltr TAG 27 Jul 45 File AGPE-A 201".I assume this has something to do with the 57 days he was absent but considering that he was not court martialed and that he was allowed a long service career is this just some formality?
On another record of seperation his Organization is listed as "HQ CO 35 INF".I thought this might have been the 35th Infantry but I'm not sure.Is this also a unit he served in?This record shows that he received many medals, that he was an expert with "Rifle MM W/M-1", and that his reason for separation was " CONVN OF GOVT RR 1-1 DEMOBILIZATION AR 615-365 & TWX WD WCL 37500 15 JAN 46 SERVICE".Any clue as to what that means?Also, he served during this time outside the US and when he departed his destination was listed as "PTO".What or where is that?
On another record it lists his Organization as "Hq Det USA Car (6006-07) Cp Hanford, Wash".Is this also a unit?It says that he was issued a DD Form 256A, that his foreign service was a little over 9 years (this may account for his time spent in Korea and during WWII and his time in the jungle), and it also lists more medals he received.It lists more schooling and that he is a SSGT E-6 (P).
Another record of separation states that he is a Sgt (T) in the RA ARMOR and that he is a Physical Activities Specialist with the 6th Armored Division in Ft Leonard Wood, MO.This record lists his overseas service as only a little over 2 years so I think this would be before his Korean service.It lists his most significant duty assignment as "Hq & Hq Co CCR, 6th Armd Div" at Ft Wood and says that he attended TI&E school at EUCOM (is this in Europe?) and "Sch Stds" in ZellamZee AUST (this is Austria I believe), and that he is now a TI&E NCO and a Gen NCO.It also lists some civilian employment and a "Perm Grade: Corporal-24 Feb 49".What does that mean?
The final record, when he retired due to permanent disability, says that his last duty assignment was "Co A Hq&Hq Bn USATCE (5017) Ft Leonard Wood".Any clue what that means?This is actually the second time he was stationed in Ft Wood.It shows 5 prior enlistments, a total of 21 years of service (though his overseas time is listed oddly at 0), that he was issued a DD Form 363A, that he is a Sergeant First CLass E-6, and that he has an Expert Badge (carbine).It lists some physical instructor specialties and I assume that coincides with his tenure as a Drill Sergeant.
I know this is a TON of information but after so many requests with the NARA coming up with nothing I was so delighted to finally get these records.One record, the first in this batch I think, lists my grandfather as single and the next lists him as "SEP" with one dependant so we think this may be my dad's half-sibling.Any other information anyone can offer though as to his units and maybe where he was deployed would be great.Also, as it might be helpful his name was Bernard Kramer and he was born in Chicago in 1917.Thanks so much in advance!