The 20th anniversary of my father-in-law's death is coming up, and I would like to find some information on the service of his military unit in WW II, to give to my husband.We have his NARA records, but they are only facts, not history.What did this unit do?
Joseph Fleet Simmons (1910-1985) Enlisted:May 5, 1942, Discharged March 2, 1946 Unit:Capt., 3252nd Ordinance Depot Company Service School:Bomb Disposal, Camouflage (Aberdeen Proving Grounds).3rd Battalion, 301st Ordinance, Camp Sutton, NC.
NARA documents indicate his presence in Bou Tlelis, Dar St. Hamadi, Mars El Kebir, and La Senia, Algeria. A letter of commendation mentions in possession of his son says Joseph was part of the Company that escorted General Eisenhower during his visit to the Headquarters Command, Mediterranean Base Section, in March of 1944.Military Orders indicate Joseph was promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain in 1945. He was present in Wiesbaden, Germany, in May of 1945.
Service:Rhineland, and North Africa (Tunisia, Algeria) Decorations and Citations:American Th Ribbon, EAME Ribbon w/2 Bronze Battle Stars, Victory Medal, 5 O/S Bars.
I would be greatful for any leads to a history of his unit. Thanks!