Greetings from Texas, Carolyn Denson !
I'd like to fill in some of the gaps in your dad's military
history for you, as best I can,that is.
The division was comprised of three Infantry Regiments (126th, 127th, 128th), four Field Artillery Battaions (120th, 121st, 126th, 129th), plus other elements.
It was organized with members of the Michigan and Wisconsin
National Guard, when it was taken into federal service
15 Oct 40, then redesignated as 32nd Infantry Division,
1 Feb 42.
It went out from San Francisco P/E, 22 Apr 42;
arrived Australia, 14 May 42;
NOTE: My reference indicates the the 127th IR, 32nd ID, sailed on theUSS MOUNT VERNON.
The rest of the division were on the following ships: LURLINE, MATSONIA, MONTEREY, ANCON, WASHINGTON and ARGENTINA
A part of the division engaged the Japanese at New Guinea,
Sep 42, with the balance of the division arriving there
19 Nov 42, remaining there until 21 Feb 43, when it returned to Australia, where it remained until 23 Oct 43;
landed on Goodenough Island, 28 Oct 43;
arvd. Saidor, New Guinea, 7 Jan 44;
relocated to New Hollandia, N.G., 1 Oct 43;
landed on Leyte,m Philippines, 14 Nov 44;
arvd. Luzon, Philippines, 27 Jan 45;
moved to Japan, 14 Oct 45;
inactivated there, 28 Feb 46.
Location at war's end, 15 Aug 45:
New Guinea, 24 Jan 43 / 31 Dec 44
Southern Philippnes, 27 Feb 45 / 4 Jul 45
Luzon, 15 Dec 44 / 4 Jul 45.
Killed in Action, 1,613
Wounded in Action, 5,627
Died from Wounds, 372.
Total casualties, 7,712, close to 75%.
You mention the Battle for Villa Verde Trail. This was fought 6-22 Apr 45, against numerous Japanese counter-
attacks.The 127th IR continued to fight up the VVT until
25 Mar 45, when it was relieved by the 128th IR.
The above is sort of a thumb nail sketch of the 32nd ID
WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE,
Shelby L. Stanton, author,
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher,
Hope this helps with your family history.
With best regards,
Louie F. Turner.
I passed thru Camp Walters, July-43.