Questions regarding discharge papers
I have several questions regarding mygrandfather's world war ii discharge papers and was wondering if anyone could offer some answers to my queries.
My first question deals with the organization or unit that he belonged to.According to his discharge papers all it says is that he belonged to the 590th Field Artillery Battalion, which according to some of the research that I have done states that they had 105mm Howitzers.However, according to his military occupation summary, he was in charge of a 90mm anti-aircraft gun section, which is a fact.Also, he always told me he was in the 67th AAA Gun Battalion (Mobile), and was attached to the French First Army in Europe.
Second, according to his papers it says he was inducted and entered into active service on April 9,1942 yet when it says military qualification and date it says "sharpshooter rifle 03 42".I assume that means March 1942.So how can he have a qualification before he's even in the service?
Third, when it gives his service dates outside of the US it says "Departure Jan 14,1943 To Africa Arrival Jan 26,1943".Like wise "Sep 26,1945 To US Arrival Oct 3,1945" for when he returned from overseas.My question is why can't I find any ship listings online for these dates and I know from pictures he gave me that coming home he was on the USS West Point and yet they don't have a listing for a voyage on these dates.
Finally, just out of curiosity does anyone no what the description of an "Anti Aircraft Artillery Gun Crewman 2601" would be?