My gradfather, Oscar Bowlin, served in the 13th Airborne during World War II.He saw no combat and returned after to the States after VE day for a leave.After the leave he was to be shipped to the Pacific, but as you all know, the war ended before he could be shipped.He stayed in the Reserve and went into inactive status.
He was called up into active duty in 1950 and shipped to Korea.I have a picture of him with the caption "Oscar in Pusan, Korea, 1950."This is a "posed" formal style picture with a backdrop, most likely taken by a professional.On his right arm is his 13th Airborne patch.In fact, all of the pictures I have of him in Korea have this patch on the uniform.
He did not serve in the Airborne in Korea.I know he managed to wrangle his way into a new assignment riding railcars and delivering supplies.I believe he was with the quatermasters, but this is ony my assumption.He was a draftsman in civilian life and that got him assigned to the engineers, but they put him with the railroad.
Here is the question:According to the official history of the 13th, it was disbanded in 1946 and never reactivated.Why then did my grandfather have the patch of a disactivatd unit in Korea?
Can anyone help me with this question?
By the way, my gradfather's full name is Oscar Ray Bowlin.He is from Birmingham, Alabama (Jefferson County).He was in the 13th Airborne Division in WWII.If anyone knows him, I would love to get in touch with them.He is very sick and can't answer these questions for me.Hearing from some old buddies would certainly cheer him up.