"We also think that he was a POW during World War II and that he was shot in the leg. He has a Purple Heart and we assume that's how he got it."
"One report of separation states that his Organization was "1958 SCU WCFC DET CAS SNC Camp McQuaide CA". Is this his unit during this period of time and if not, what does this mean?"
This maybe the unit that out processed him from the service.
"Also, under Prior Service there is this: "5th Sig Co fr 24 May 37 to 19 Jul 40" and then it states that he was discharged by reason of expiration of terms of service ETS)."
He was in the 5th Signal Company between May 1937 and July 1940. Which appears to be a two year enlistment.
"Apparently he lost 57 days under AW 107 and under reason for separation is this: "Par 4a (2) Sec I AR 315-366, 24 May 45, by reason of desertion and trial barred AW 39 & 1st Ind Ltr TAG 27 Jul 45 File AGPE-A 201". I assume this has something to do with the 57 days he was absent but considering that he was not court martialed and that he was allowed a long service career is this just some formality?"
Sounds like unaccount time.
"On another record of seperation his Organization is listed as "HQ CO 35 INF". I thought this might have been the 35th Infantry but I'm not sure. Is this also a unit he served in?"
More then likely here served in this unit but it is not always the case. Some men were transfered to other units in order to return home.
"This record shows that he received many medals, that he was an expert with "Rifle MM W/M-1","
Meaning he was a Marksman with the M-1 Rifle.
"and that his reason for separation was " CONVN OF GOVT RR 1-1 DEMOBILIZATION AR 615-365 & TWX WD WCL 37500 15 JAN 46 SERVICE". Any clue as to what that means?
My discharge says the same.... they were demobing and down sizing the military.
"Also, he served during this time outside the US and when he departed his destination was listed as "PTO". What or where is that?"
Pacific Theater of Operations.
"On another record it lists his Organization as "Hq Det USA Car (6006-07) Cp Hanford, Wash". Is this also a unit? It says that he was issued a DD Form 256A, that his foreign service was a little over 9 years (this may account for his time spent in Korea and during WWII and his time in the jungle), and it also lists more medals he received. It lists more schooling and that he is a SSGT E-6 (P)."
Headquarters Detachment United States Army at Camp Hanford which was a sub-post of Fort Lewis, Washington. It is a unit.