He was in the Army during the Depression. He was fortunate to get in. Unemployment was very high and the Army was a way of getting three meals a day and having a roof over your head. But the Army at that time was less than 200,000 individuals and those that were accepted were very fortunate. This gentleman may have been courtmarshalled. Notice the term "by trial". He had 57 days of "bad time" i.e. he was AWOL for 57 days, or in the stockade for 57 days or some combination of both. That meant he had 57 days added on to his tour of duty. To get a grasp of what his problems were you need to look up the "Articles of War". These contained all the rules of the military justice system. The AW were replaced by the "Universal Code of Military Justice" sometime just after the end of WWII. If you can find AW 107 and 39 you may get to the heart of the matter. My guess was that he was accepted for re-enlistment because of the war even tho' his record was not perfect. The Army had been so small for so long there just were not many experienced soldiers to be had. Next, he was in the 35 Infantry (I think Regiment)that served on the PTO, Pacific Theater of Operations. His medals will tell you a bit about what he did during the war. There is, probably, a medal for servicein the PTO. If he was a front line infantryman he would have the CIB, Combat Infantry Badge. If you stick to WWII for starters you should be able to google up the pertinent Articles of War and information on what his various medals mean. I think all medals and unit badges are supplied by the Army Quartermaster Corps and they may have a web site displaying all the old patches and awards.