Re: Need Information on Salvatore J. Morini,180th Infantry Company M
Good morning, Ron Morini !
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You are looking for 180th Infantry Regiment,
45th Infantry Division, which departed Hampton Roads, VA,
P/E 8 June 43, on either the ANNE ARUNDEL or the BARNETT.
(Check GOOGLE )
True, the 45th ID landed in Oran, Algeria, North Africa, but it was not engaged in combat in either of the campaigns fought in Africa.
Its first encounter with the Germans was in the
Sicily Campaign, 9 July 43/17 Aug 43.
Your documents indicate that your dad was still in North Africa in that period.
There are several immediate possibilities as to why he remained in NA until 12 June 44: sick bay,incarceration,
or wounded in Sicily and returned to NA for hospitalization.
I suspect that he was sick or otherwise incapicated, leading to his early return to the states, and honorable discharge in 1944.
Does his Separation Paper include a statement along the lines of "Time lost under AW 107" or some such? This would relate to misconduct, leading to lock up.
If wounded or in sick bay, he may have ended up with a pension or some service provided by the V-A along the way, for which there would be documentation available to you.
Are there any campaigns listed in that section of thepapers? And under awards, isthe Purple Heart listed?
Please feel free to get back to me as needed. OK ?
Louie F. Turner