Your observation, "in the 36th Division of the 144th Infantry" is a misstatement. The 144th Infantry was a regiment (smaller than a division) which, at one time, was assigned to the 36th Infantry Division. Stanton's WWII Order of Battle shows the 144th Infantry relieved from 36th ID on 1 Feb 42. The 144th never left the States. The 36th ID, however, had a distinguished war record, first in Italy, and then France and Germany. It would appear that his overseas duty may well have been as a member of another of the elements of the 36th ID.
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