did not sail on either of the three shipslisted as having the 104th IF aboard, as stated in my last post;
did not sail on the ship identified as carrying the 750th Tank Battalion;
did not participate in the Battle of the Bulge.
I anticipate that he went over as a replacement, same as I, and that he was then assigned to the 750th Tank BN.
I am unable to establish the ships involved in his movement to Europe or back to the states. The dates you provided do not match any departure dates in my troop movement lists, which is not unusual in that there are many gaps in the data.
In order for you to have something positive from this, I will try to re-construct the 104th ID history for the period we know he was present, 3 Mar 45 / 5-7-45 .
3 March 1945: Units of the VII Corps (US 1st Army) moved toward the Rhine River, capturing Sinsteden, Stomein, Glessen and Dansweiller. The 104th ID moved against Konisberg.
4 March: The 104th ID penetrates the outer defenses of Cologne.
5 March: Elements of the 104th ID continue to advance on Cologne, capturing Junkersdorf enroute.
6 March: The offensive continues against Cologne, with the 104th ID attacking from the south.
7 March: Cologne falls to the 104th ID.
The division then occupied defensive positions for an extended period.
They met up with the Russians at Pretzsch 26 Apr 45.
Finally, what you were told about his records is probably correct, for there was a major fire at the Military Records Repository at that time.