idog wrote:the patches he wore and they are from the 11Th Armored and the second is a #2..
Topicstarter refers to the 11th ARMORED Division which was indeed part of the US 3rd Army in Europe.
Now depending on what sleeve the patches were worn, (if worn together) they will indicate previous service with a certain unit.
If he wore the 11AD patch on the right arm, while having the 2Army on the left shoulder, this will indicate he saw combat/service with the 11AD and was attached to a 2Army unit upon his return to the US.
The 2Army was basically a training and replacement Army supplying the fighting units with fresh men when needed... (putting it simple)
A picture of your relative in uniform showing the patches and medal ribbons could tell us much more.
Also Jon Gawne has written a very interesting book about how to find out what a certain person did during WW2.
Title is 'Finding Your Father's War'
IMO the colored 2Army patch WAS worn during WW2, contrary to the colored 1Army patch which is indeed post WW2.