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Does anyone know of any units that served in both the European and the Asiatic Theatre's during WW2. Someone asked, and I am stumped.
1st Special Service Force fought in the Aleutian Island Campaign (Note: They did not see combat here, the Campaign was won before they got there) and was then sent to Italy.
If you go by Campaign Participation Credit, yes.
50th, 103rd and 113th Medical Battalions have both European and Pacific Campaign participation for WWII. If the troops assigned actually physically transfered theaters or if the unit transfered in name only would need a closer look.
So, I busted out DA Pam 672-1 (Campaign Participation Register)
I had first just glanced through a book that had unit campaign participations. Turns out those three I originally mentioned do not match what the DA Pam lists, it only shows ETO Campaigns for them. I’d have to go with the DA Pam as more reliable...
Besides the Special Service Force there are several “Order of Battle Teams”, whatever those are, that have credits for both theaters in the DA Pam, such as
1st Engineer Special Brigade, HHC
2nd General Hospital
20th Field Hospital
30th Field Hospital
34th Anti Aircraft Operations Detachment
40th Photographic Interpreter Team
67th Engineer Topographical Company
71st Joint Assault, Signal Company
77th Ordnance Depot Company
81st Ordnance Battalion, HHD
87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th MTN Div.
It still doesn't answer if the troops transfered or just the unit designation.This message has been edited. Last edited by: redleg13f,
There were a handful of Army Air Force units which transferred from ETO to PTO after Germany was defeated. Don't know if they should count.
I got a book at home which runs through the process the Army took to redeploy ground units from Europe to the Pacific in Spring-Summer 1945. I don't think anything got farther than redeployment to the US (where they had R&R and retraining). I see if I can find it tonight.
This is a good source of info.
Good link... I have the poster, it's very nice.
P.S. Might want to put a Kevlar on, Sergeant. Someone's gonna whack you with the No-Hotlink-Hammer soon...
Interesting, I'd love to hear the story of a someone who actually fought both the Germans and the Japanese!
General Patch held Command at Guadalcanal and later the Seventh Army in Europe, but I'm guessing we're looking for troops that got a little more up and personal with the enemy...
That would be interesting.
FWIW, I served at Patch Barracks, Germany back in the 80's.
As did one of his Division Commanders from Guadalcanal - J. Lawton Collins.
Collins served as Division Commander of the 25th Infantry Divison under Patch's XIV Corps, and then as Commander, VII Corps under 1st Army.
Get ahold of a Book called The Men of Company K By Harold Leinbaugh & John D. Campell.
Story of a Rifle Company from Basic to the Elbe. One of the men had previously served on Guadalcanal as a rifleman in the Wolfhounds before getting Malaria and sent stateside
Collins went on to be Chief of Staff of the Army. He was COS during the Korean War.
He was also the Uncle of Astronaut Michael Collins.
Alright, I finally looked up the deployments and forgot the names of the units! Anyhow, there were two divisions in Europe sent back to the states for retraining. As I said, can't recall the units, but neither saw much action (if any). Neither unit made it to the Pacific before the war ended and neither performed occupation duty.
There were also a number of Nisei Soldiers pulled out of 442d RCT and sent stateside for intelligence/interpreter training after Germany surrendered. I don't think any made it to the Pacific before Japan surrendered but they did wind up being sent afterwards to help in the occupation and to assist in repatriation all over PTO.
Anyone who was on Guadalcanal was up there and personal. The perimeter wasn't very big and all of it was hittable by Japanese naval gunfire
Not a unit but an individual. In 1936 or 1937, the Japanesse conscript a Korean civillian into the Japanesse Army whom is subsequently sent to China. In 1939 this soldier is 'captured' and impressed into service by the Russians. As a Russian soldier he is sent to save Moscow in the 1941 winter offensive. The soldier is subsequently captured by the Germans and 'impressed' into their army. The soldier is captured for the last time on June 6th, 1944 on Omaha beach.
He emigrated to the US, became a US citizen.
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