Welcome to the WWII Forums! Log in or Sign up to interact with the community.

Hello

Discussion in '☆☆ New Recruits ☆☆' started by Brian Pacholka, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Brian Pacholka

    Brian Pacholka New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2018
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    I have been researching my fathers service. I knew that he was in the war, but I never knew what it entailed. He was in the Army 32nd Division Co B 126th Infantry. I am trying to track the route he made during his time in the Pacific. I know that he was in the initial convoy that left San Francisco on April 22, 1942. I am looking for any help tracking down resources to follow his company to Japan. Family anecdotal stories say that he did actually make it to the main island.
    Thanks, Brian
     
    KMZgirl and Otto like this.
  2. RRA227

    RRA227 Member Patron  

    Joined:
    May 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,150
    Likes Received:
    252
    Welcome to the forum. Rich A. in Pa.
     
  3. Otto

    Otto Made of plastic. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2000
    Messages:
    9,104
    Likes Received:
    1,388
    Location:
    DFW, Texas
    Cheers and welcome Brian.

    Anyother details you can share about your father would be of use, and I recommend starting a thread here:
    http://ww2f.com/forums/what-granddad-did-in-the-war.141/
    Post details, subscribe to the thread, and update your progress. Others searching may very well stumble upon your info and be able to assist.
     
  4. JJWilson

    JJWilson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2017
    Messages:
    1,364
    Likes Received:
    414
    Location:
    Arizona U.S.A
    Welcome to the forums Brian!
     
  5. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Messages:
    13,269
    Likes Received:
    2,042
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Hi Brian. I'll echo Otto. Details are important. Can we have his name? That would help.
     
  6. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    18,774
    Likes Received:
    2,052
    Location:
    Stirling, Scotland
    Welcome to the forums!
     
  7. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    6,708
    Likes Received:
    998
    Location:
    The Land of 10,000 Loons
    If you want to follow his actual path throughout the War, the best method in my opinion is through Company Morning Reports. The MRs are kept at the NARA in St. Louis. However, unlike many other records, the NARA does not accept requests for copies of MRs. If you have the time and ability, you can go there yourself and make copies. My preference is to hire a researcher to do it for me. For me, it is worth the cost of the researcher so that I don't have to take vacation time and incur the expense of travel and hotel/motel. Having said that, I would like to do it once just for the experience. :D

    Do a search for "Morning Report" here on the Forums and you will find many discussions and examples of what MRs are and what they look like. Feel free to click on either of the links in my signature as well. Both have examples of MRs.
     
  8. Brian Pacholka

    Brian Pacholka New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2018
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    Thank you for your input. I hope to learn a lot about my father from this forum. St. Louis is on my vacation plans next summer.
     
  9. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    Messages:
    9,471
    Likes Received:
    1,387
    Lots to do in St. Louis, I've been here 11 years now. The Archives are easy to get to, but I recommend doing as much ground work as you can before you arrive. I also recommend the Flying Saucer Bar, downtown St. Louis near the Stadium. Great selection of beers.
     
    TD-Tommy776 likes this.
  10. Brian Pacholka

    Brian Pacholka New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2018
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    When you say ground work, what should I have prepared before I go to the archives?

     
  11. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    Messages:
    9,471
    Likes Received:
    1,387
    Basically, find every clue you can, make sure your records are in order and readable to someone else, etc. The more information you have found and made available the better job they can do. I stood next to a guy who didn't know his maternal grandfather's last name a few years ago, never forgot the look on the staff faces. Make sure you have your questions ready as well. "Ideally" you could leave your paperwork and come back later and the staff wouldn't have any unanswered questions when you return. This is NOT to help them as much as it is to help YOU. They're going to be there all day anyway. :cool:
     
    TD-Tommy776 likes this.
  12. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    6,708
    Likes Received:
    998
    Location:
    The Land of 10,000 Loons
    In addition to OPs good advice, I would also suggest becoming as familiar as possible with Morning Reports: their purpose, the information conveyed on them, the various abbreviations used, etc. You don't want to waste time trying to figure out the meaning of some entry or abbreviation. There are several threads here which discuss & explain MRs. Most are not specifically about MRs, so don't check "Search Titles Only".
     
    OpanaPointer likes this.

Share This Page