Sabra, if your husband's service with the 32nd Division began as early as 1942, you might be interested in two inexpensive books (one of them really just a pamphlet) which can be bought from the U. S. Superintendent of Documents.If you are interested, go to http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/ Click on Type in You will get several hits.The two books I have are: PAPUAN CAMPAIGN: World War II 50th Anniversary Commenorative Edition.The number is 008-029-00205-1 and the cost is $7.00. The other is PAPUA: The U. S. Army Campaigns of World War II.No. is 008-029-00235-3 and cost is$1.25.
The 32nd Division was a Michigan-Wisconsin National Guard Division.They were called to active Federal service about October 1940 - Over a year before Pearl Harbor was attacked - and were stationed at Camp Livingston, Louisiana, until about March 1942, when they were sent to Fort Devens, Massachusetts.My memory is that they expected to be sent to Ireland first, and then be ready for whatever action in Europe was decided upon.But after about a month at Ft. Devens, they were suddenly shipped to California, and from there to the south Pacific.
They were in the terrible fighting at Buna, New Guinea, in late November 1942.I believe there were pictures of that in Life Magazine, though because of censorship, they might not have been published immediately.