Your dad's unit originated at New Orleans,LA, 6 Jan 41, as Separate CA BN AA-AW; following training, departed NY P/E, 5 Aug 42; arrived England, 17 Aug 42; arrived Scotland,24 Sep 42; arrived North Africa, 8 Nov 42;* (* As part of Western Task Force, a convoy of 105 ships.) arrived Sicily, 11 Jul 43.** (**Probably with 45th Infantry Division, from Oran, Algeria.) redesignated from CA, Jul 44; inactivated in Italy, 15 Sep 45.
Location at war's end, 15 Aug 45:
23. Algeria- French Morocco8 Nov 42/11 Nov 42 29. Naples-Foggia9 Sep 43/21 Jan 44 31. North Apennines10 Sep 43/4 Apr 45 33. Po Valley5 Apr 45/8 May 45 35. Rome-Arno22 Jan 44/9 Sep 44 36. Sicily9 Jul 43/17 Aug 43 38. Tunisia17 Nov 42/13 May 43 *** (***NOTE: Alphabetically, not in actual chronological order.)
Ifyou go to GOOGLE, enter ,you may be able to pick up on the various ships he sailed on.
His unit remained in Italy, while the 45th participated in the invasion of Southern France, among other campaigns.
Please let me know if this conforms to the profile you have developed over the years. OK ?