Company B, 9th Armored Infantry
My father, William A. Dowling, never told us about his tour of duty.I guess it was too painful.He died in 1974.I have his discharge papers, however, it is difficult to understand.I, like many other children of WWII vets, want to know where he faught and in what particular battles.I have searched Google and Ask.com but could find only similarities to Company B, 9th Armored Infantry,(Army). The following is from his separation papers: Arrived in Europe 2/22/44 and departed Europe on 4/7/45. He participated in Normandy, France and Luxemburg Campaigns.He drove various types of army vehicles from 1/4 ton to 10 ton trucks and half tracks.He was a squad leader with an infrantry rifle company.Supervised 15 men in combat.Maintained contact with squads on both flanks, led patrols on reconnaisance missions. He was a Staff Sergeant when he was discharged.
I have a patch that is kaki in color with yellow/gold and read threading and "Show Me" written in red.It also has 2 yellow fleur de les one over the other. I have tried to research but come up with little.Couldn't find the insignia anywhere online.I did request all records related to his Training through his discharge.I'm not holding my breath, because they may have been burned in 1973.
Any information about any of this whould be appriciated.