Land based Radar operators, Army, Philippines HELP!
I'm searching for anyone who may have served with my father, or at least used land-based Radar in the Army, during WWII. I am having a very difficult time finding any information about specific units in the Army that worked with land-based radar during the war, that were not in the Army Signal Corp. I do not believe my dad was in the Signal Corps (he has never mentioned it).
Through my research, I know the Army used the SCR-270 on-shore, long range radar on Guadalcanal. I know the Army also used the AN/APS-10, also called the Little Abner.
My father was a SGT in the Army. His name is Efrain Ramirez and he specifically mentions that he worked with radar in the Philippines.
He says that they shipped out on the Queen Mary to Sydney, Australia and then to Lai and Hollandia, New Guinea where they built underground radar monitoring stations. He was also on Leyte and Luzon.
Years ago I thought he said that he was in the 94th Coast Artillery, a unit that he said was a part of the New Hampshire Guard Unit. Now he keeps saying that he was in the 64th Coast Artillery antiaircraft, and keeps specifically mentioning radar. (Now I'm not sure if I mistakenly wrote down 94th instead of 64th all those years ago). He says they used to aim the radar equipment on things to watch them ignite for fun (I guess when they weren't getting shot at :) He was there during the Liberation of the Philippines.
He was on the Antoine Saugrain (a Liberty ship), when it was sunk by a torpedo on Dec. 6, 1944 in the Surigau Strait. The ship was also damaged the day before in Leyte Gulf.
Does this ring a bell with anybody out there??
My mother says she has his discharge papers, so maybe they'll shed some light on this.
After all these years, my father still remembers his Army serial number!!
Michele R. Smith