Mary-Thanks for the info. I do know that my father suffered an accidental gunshot wound (cleaning his '45!!) to his hand. But, I don't know if that was early or late. I suppose it could account for his change from AAF (stationed in England at Burtonwood BAD)to Regular Army?
My dad started with the AAF from in 10-43, then was part of the 6951 Prisoner of War Temporary Enclosure Bn (assigned to the 106th ID) that was sent to Germany (Remagen)in March-July, 1945 to handle PoWs. I just can't find out when he actually left the AAF and what he did until he ended up in Germany...and then he was with the 69th Amphibian Tractor Bn when the U.S. closed the camps in Germany in July/August 1945.
Do you know how I could acquire any of my father's medical records? That would pinpoint the hand wound at least. I have chased all the records that I know about from St. Louis MO...and, of course, they were among those destroyed in the "great fire". All I really have is his discharge papers and special orders when he came home and then another set that were sending him on to CA before he was to go to Hawaii.