I will try to decipher a few of your puzzles. I cannot go into all of them as I am not that knowledgeable.
This is the rank he had in the Army. Technician 5. During WWII, from 1942-1948, the US Army used three ranks that were mostly administrative in nature, these were called technicians and are roughly equivalent to today's specialists. These were T/3, T/4, and T/5. T-5 insignia was two chevrons and a T underneath. T/4 was three chevrons, and T/3 was three chevrons, a T, and an arc under the T. What I have read mostly is that these soldiers did not have command authority but I just found a website that stated they could be placed "unofficially as second in command of a squad." See [url]http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_TEC5_mean_on_a_tombstone[/url]
"Item 11 says: List all significant diseases, wounds and injuries: and then there is listed the following:
A - Muscular Paralysis, General B - Concussion - July 44 - 105 Sta Hosp - Italy - 3 months"
It appears, as you say, that he was injured. Combat? Possible. A concussion either as an accident or battle-related and was at the 105th Station Hospital in Italy for 3 months. The fact that he was not awarded the Purple Heart appears to mean this injury was not a combat injury. Then again, it may have been an oversight, him receiving a combat injury and no one making an award request.
"Item #32 - Psychiatric Diagnosis:
11 a and b noted: no abnormalities noted
I DON'T understand this - IS this related to the Item 11 above where they are talking about my father having paralysis and a concussion?"
I interpret this to mean there were no complications after item #11 above.
"Item #33 Endocrine System - Normal Item #34 - Slight myopic astimatism Item #35 - Vision - corrected/uncorrected
Items 36-39 are not at issue
Item #40 - "In your opinion will wound, injury or disease result in: Disability: No Untimely Death: No Condition: 11, 37, 34, 35"
They must refer to items above them. Why are they separated here? I don't know.
"Item #41 - In your opinion was wound, injury, or disease incurred in line of duty? 11 - yes 34-35 - No"
I interpret this as saying that the concussion and paralysis injuries could have been an accident such as a fall from a height, a vehicular accident, training accident or some other type of accident serious enough resulting in a concussion while carrying out his duties. Or it could also be a combat injury. Then again, no Purple Heart probably was not in combat. Although like I stated above, it could still have been combat related but as an oversight never received one.
Remember that soldiers are doing a lot of things that are dangerous even when not in actual combat. They handle rifles that can misfire while in training. They can be in a vehicle which due to the road conditions can overturn. And while moving in a convoy en route to or from the battle front, canbe involved in an accident by a vehicle failing its brakes, etc.
"Now to the next document - WD AGO Form 53-55
Organization: HQ CO 3 BN 350 INF"
He served in the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 350th Infantry Regiment. HQ Co was the administrative company of a battalion of an infantry regiment. During WW II, an infantry battalion had three rifle companies and one weapons company. Each company would be commanded by a captain. The battalion was commanded by I think a major. The major had a group of soldiers to help him, and these were organized in the HQ co. These soldiers would handle personnel, administration, and minimal repairs to equipment. In turn, three battalions would make a regiment, commanded by a colonel. Again, the colonel had a staff in an HQ company. Three infantry regiments plus other associated units like artillery, engineers, and maintenance would make an infantry division. Infantry was the branch of the army that took and held the ground.
Some of this information may be in error regarding the number of three vs four. However I think I am right. I do not have my sources with me, and I do not have internet at home. But it should give you a general idea of the organization of a military unit and interpretation of some of your questions. It appears the 350th Infantry Regiment has a very proud battle history. See [url]http://www.usfava.com/USFA_350InfRegt.htm.[/url]