I had been looking for my father's unit for some time.No luck at the national level because his records were lost in the fire.My brother ran across a package of letters our grandmother had kept when he was in the service, so I was able to trace his activities during WWII; and fortunately, I was able to get this done before he passed away last month.I would like to share this with you.
The following is a shortened version of what I found in his letters: Donald M. Wilber’s letters home
2/3/1944 Fort Snelling, MN Co. #3 Reception Center 2/16/1944 Fort Custer, Mich. Co. H., 27 BN. MPRTC March 1944 Rifle Training, Fort Sam Houston, TX 5/27/1944 Fort Custer, Mich. “finger banged up” 7/18/1944 Alexandria, Louisiana; Camp Livingston; Cannon Co., 343rd Infantry, 86th Division 7/31/1944 Telegram regarding “coming home” 8/6/1944 News item in Aberdeen, SD newspaper about him being home 9/13/1944 Camp Cooke, California; Co. F., 343rd Infantry, 86th Division PICTURE Hollywood (showing) Pvt. John Lindner; S/Sgt. Llewellyn Powell; and Pvt. Donald Wilber 10/3/1944 San Luis Obisbo, California; Co. F., 343rd Infantry, 86th Division 2/16/1945 “EASTERN STATE” letter from PPO 450, he can’t mention the location but there is “alot of snow”3/8/1945 “Somewhere in France” says send his 45 pistol 4/7/1945 “Somewhere in Germany” says he saw Paris and Cologne; can’t write what he wants to 5/7-12/1945 “Somewhere in Austria” was able to tell them he was in the Battle of the Ruhr May 3rd 1945 the Commander of the 86th Division commended them for the Battle for Bavaria as part of the 3rd Army; south of Ansbach, covering 120 miles in 12 days.
Dad didn't get to go stateside after VE day as the Division was headed to the Pacific after a 30 day leave.He had more than 85 points and he was transferred to 68th BN to stay in Europe post war.
Thank you for letting me post this information.He was a good guy.