genedcottrell
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Hello

Sat Oct 27, 2018 01:01

I just joined this site. I'm researching my Grandfather's medical companies activities during WWII. I'm an Army Retiree (Cavalry). I'm looking for information on the 388th Med Collecting Company which seems to have been part of the 58th Medical Battalion. I know they were assigned to the 45th Infantry Division for Operation Dragoon which was the entrance into Southern France. They landed in Northern Africa, participated in the invasion of Sicily and then fought there way into Rome. I have some very small pictures of Rome and Vatican City that he took. Any information on these units would be hugely appreciated.

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Re: Hello

Thu Dec 06, 2018 22:35

Welcome aboard! My first unit (Co. G, 143rd Infantry) also participated in Operation Dragoon, under the 36th Infantry Division.

I spent some of my own career (which ran from 1981-91 and 2000-11) in the Cavalry as well, including the 124th: the very last of the US Army's horse-mounted regiments, and which saw action in CBI during those days.

For further historical reading, you may wish to download LTC Steven Clay's US Army Order of Battle: 1919-1941, especially Volumes 1 and 4. All four volumes are available online, free of charge. Most of the elements under 45th Division already had a significant amount of history even before the war, and are included in this tome.

LTC Clay has dome some remarkably superb work resurrecting data from the interwar period from numerous archived sources. A seemingly incongruous point about the 45th Division is that, prior to WW2, their divisional shoulder patch bore a swastika, not the Thunderbird! Because of what the Nazis did with the swastika, the design changed quickly.

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