JP and Dave, Thank you both for your replies.All of this is so confusing to a non-military person, but I'm determined.
In reading about the 311, 78th, I find they were not deployed to Europe until 1945, per web sites.BUT, this does not match his medical slips-it appears he was assigned to 311th 78th before actual service.He did do basic in NC where I believe the 78th was eventually deployed from in 1945.
From discharge I know that he received combat infantry badge with 175th on 3-23-45, and that
Date of Induction:3-11-42 Date of Entry into Active Service:3-18-43 Date of Departure: Destination RTO 5-12-44 Arrival: 5-25-44 Date of Departure: Destination USA 9-6-45 Arrival: 9-14-45 Date of Separation:9-19-45
Then there is a section on separation papers/discharge Item 40 "Reason and Authority for Separation"It reads: AR 615-365, Convenience of the Govt, RR 1-1, (Demobilization) 15 Dec 1944.What does this mean???He demobilized from Europe until 9-6-45. Continental Service: 1 yr 2 mos 6 days Foreign Service: 1 yr 4 mos 3 days
I first thought maybe the 12-44 demobilization was when he was sent to the 78th from the 175th, but med slips don't confirm this - just the opposite.
Being born 12-27-1922 Induction 3-11-42, he was 19 yrs 3 mos of age turning 20 in Dec. Actual Service date: 3-18-43 - he was 20 yrs 30 mos
Co L 311 Reg, 78 Inf Divsion - seen 1 year of service -age 21 (had to be 1942 before active service - see above) Co 175th 29 Div APO 29th seen 1 yr 10/12 months of service - age 22 (had to be beginning of 1943) Company 3217 Sig. Jerv.BIV (??) 2 years service - age 22 (1944)Have no idea what Company this cryptic infantry stands for - do you??
If you can shed a little more light with your knowledge, I believe I can find the books and articles to help me with my endeavor.