My grandfather served as a cook in the 9th Armored Division and while I have gathered some information about his service, I'm hoping to find out more. One area that I'm having trouble researching is the exact unit he was in. I have a pamphlet from a Thanksgiving dinner at Camp Funston, Kansas (Fort Riley) that lists him in the "Service Company, 14th Armored Regiment, 9th Armored Division" (attached). My research has not provided many useful results regarding the 14th Armored Regiment. The only bit of information I've found states that the 14th Armored Regiment was broken up into the 14th and 711th Tank Battalions and the 14th Tank Battalion served under the 9th Armored. Since I've only found one source that stated this information I would like to confirm that it is accurate. That being said, I am fairly certain that my grandfather did end up in the 14th Tank but since I'm not a WWII expert, I'm reluctant to rely solely on my own research. The attached "Armored1" photo has some information that I believe confirms this but I wanted more expert eyes to confirm. Is it correct that the markings on the vehicle bumber indicate that he was in the 9th Armored, 14th Tank? This picture was among 50 or so pictures that my grandfather took while in the service. He is not the man pictured but there are several pictures with people in front of similar vehicles, including him. I have found the various histories of the 9th Armored online and I actually have an official Army map of their trek through Europe during the war but is there any other (more robust) document available? Additionally, I have been unable to find any information regarding service as a cook in the war. While it wasn't the most prestigeous job in the military, I am highly intrigued by the fact that my grandfather served as a cook and I would like to find out as much as I can about that position. My last few notes: We did go through the National Archives and all of his info was lost in the fire. I have the following items which I've used during my research: - The pictures I've mentioned, which are of fellow soldiers, armored vehicles and mostly terrain, some of which I know to be taken in Czechoslovakia. - A small book called "The Bridge" which is the story of the 9th siezing the Ludendorf bridge (see attached) - A Thanksgiving menu which list all members of the Service Company of the 14th Armored Regiment, 9th Armored Division. My grandfather is listed as a "Private (Recruit)." - My grandfather's "Ike" jacket with the 9th Armored patch on the right shoulder and an 8th Infantry patch on the left. I believe he was in the 8th infantry after his European tour. - A panaramic photo from the Desert Training Center.