Re: Felice Loparco - 461 AA BS Unit ??
Good morning, Michael Seamans !
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I feel that the AA is for Anti-aircraft, and is a carry-over from an original Coast Artillery unit.
I can't cipher the abbreviation BS.
There was a redesignation from CA to AAA in March-44, at which time 461st AAA AW BN (Mobile) was created.
Your grandfather's unit was probably originally identified as Sep (for Separate) CA BN AA-AW (for Automatic Weapons), which was activated at Camp Haan, CA, 1 Sep 42.
Following training, the unit (CA BN AA-AW) departed
NY P/E, 7 Jul 43;
arrived England, 15 Jul 43;
arrived France-ETO, 13 Jun 44;
arrived NY P/E, 23 Nov 45;
inactivated at Camp Kilmer, NJ, 24 Nov 45.
I don't find any data as to casualty rate, but it must have been high.
Location at war's end, 15 Aug 45, Naunhof, Germany.
Hope this helps.
Louie F. Turner.