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misplaced
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From: New Jersey
Registered: 10/11/2008
posted 10/12/2008 3:04:26 PM    Click here to view the profile for misplaced  Click here to email misplaced  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father was in the Philippines. His Unit was 356 3rd Quarter Master Truck Company. He was station at Luzon in the Southern Philippines also on his separation papers says GO33 WD45 Amended. (what does that mean)?? I have try to get to a Message Board for that unit but cant find one Also trying to find how he got 2 Bronze Stars any help would be apprecated.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 10/14/2008 8:45:02 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by misplaced:
My father was in the Philippines. His Unit was 356 3rd Quarter Master Truck Company. He was station at Luzon in the Southern Philippines also on his separation papers says GO33 WD45 Amended. (what does that mean)?? I have try to get to a Message Board for that unit but cant find one Also trying to find how he got 2 Bronze Stars any help would be apprecated.


Dear "Landofoz",
If you go to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland you should be able to find a file for the 356 3d Quartermaster Truck Company. In that file, or the file of the Division you may find the General Orders for the medals awarded. (The research staff will help you find the correct Division, and the correct files). You asked about
GO33 WD45. This means: General Orders 33, War Department 1945. You document was issued by the War Department as number 33 of a series of General Orders.

I suspect that you are looking for the 356 Quartermaster Battalion, 3d truck company. The next step is to find the Division to which the 356th was attached in the Phillipines at the end of the war. This should not be hard to do. Then go to the National Archives and look for the files as
suggested above. Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

Ken K Legacy Member
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posted 10/14/2008 10:21:19 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken K Legacy Member  Click here to email Ken K Legacy Member  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
It would help me if I could see his entire DD214 AKA the separation form. GO 33 WD45 Amended, could mean his unit was deactivated at War's end. The Bronze Stars could be awarded as individual awards or unit awards and usually relate to some combat action.

The 356 3rd Quarter Master Truck Company most likely is a "Company" who is part of a larger army unit, such as a Battalion, or higher, a Division. A Company has about 300 men, a Battalion is made up of 3 Company's and Division is made up of many Battalions, which makes up a Division. A division is typically 17,000 to 20,000 men.

His DD214 may state what Battalion he was in, and or Division.

Regards,

Ken Klinedinst / Legacy Member