Ralph Brucker AUS 1940 - 1945
After having done 3 years of research trying to recontruct Ralph Brucker's (my father) service in WWII and obtain duplicates of his medals, I have hit a block wall and need your help. He died in 1970 and his records were among those destroyed in the fire of 1973.
He enlisted in the MO National Guard on 26 June 40 and was called to active duty on 23 Dec 40. He was in KC, MO at the time and all research indicates he was part of the 110th Engineers (there is a notation at the top of his separation papers of "110th 19", whatever that means). In following the history of the 110th Eng., I can get the unit into early 1942 when they were shipped to CA to become part of the Western Defense Command. I know he was in Santa Monica, CA on 8/20/1943 when he married my mother (wearing the Western Defense Command patch). According to his papers, he left the U.S. for ETO on 22 June 1944, arriving 1 July 1944. He was in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France campaigns. It is not known when he left Europe, but he arrived back in the U.S. 2 Nov 45 and was discharged on 10 Nov 45 at Jefferson Barracks, MO. His ASR score as of 2 Sep 45 was 90, which indicates he had more than enough points to come home in Sep. He did lose 20 days under AW 107. His MOS was Automotive Equip Mech 2nd Ech 014. His organization is listed as 367 Repl Co., although I suspect this was where they put him after the war was over in Europe and not the unit he actually served in. I have photos indicating that he was an MP. I have a DUI that I have not been able to identify, but I believe it is from his MP unit. Finally, I also have pictures from late 1943 that indicate he was part of the Army Service Forces (arm patch). His discharge paper reflects his Arm or Service as "AGO".
I have found a lot of information, but the important ETO service is missing. And there is no record of him with the MO National Guard Archives or the MO State Archives. Is there anyone who can help me find my father's units so that I can finish his history for my son?