Good morning, Meranda Bates !
Thank you for your informative response, which revealed that he was in 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division.
The division's activation date, 10 Feb 41, coincides with his enlistment date of 1941. It was derived from National Guard units from North and South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
The 34th ID included three Infantry Regiments (133rd, 135th, 168th), plus other elements.
The division trained in LA during 1941;
it staged at Fort Dix, NJ, 8 Jan 42;
departed NY P/E, 14 Jan 42;*
arrived Northern Ireland, 31 Jan 42;
(NOTE: * My reference lists a single departure date, but the
Troop Ship Crossing reference lists at leasteight ships which may have carried the division to Northern Ireland:
HMTS STRATHAIRD, USAT CHATEAU THIERRY, SS BARNETT, USS FULLER,
DUTCHESS OF ATHOL, SS BETELGEUSE, SS NEVILLE.
Same source lists the AQUITANIA, as having sailed 30 Apr 42, with the 135th IR, plus two other elements of the 34th ID, arriving 10 May 42.)
The 34th Infantry Division arrived in North Africa, 3 Jan 43;
the 135th IR moved into the Pinchon-Maison area, 11 Feb 43.
The division entered its first combat as a whole, as the 135th IR and 168th IR drove toward Fondouk Gap, 27 Mar 43;
the 133rd was engaged at Sbeita,Algers, same date;
the 135th IR stormed Hill 490, 28 Apr 43.
The division went into training for the next campaign in Italy.
Division on line at Salerno, Italy, 21/24 Sep 43;
the 135th IR relieved the 168th IR at Mount Patino, 4 Dec 43.
The division returned to attack the Gustav Line in relief of the
36th ID, 30 Dec 43.
By this time, Arthur was back stateside, so the narrative ends here.
I really can't project a date or place when/where he was wounded. As you can see, he was in heavy combat in North Africa and in Italy, above Salerno.
He would have participated in these campaigns:
Tunisia, 17 Nov 42 / 13 May 43
Naples-Foggia, 9 Sep 43 / 21 Jan 44.
That is about all I can tell you about my projections as to what path Arthur took across North Africa, and later in Italy.
You are more than welcome, Patricia.
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner.
World War II Order of Battle
Shelby L. Stanton, author,
Galahad Books, NYNY, oublisher.