So my dad officially blew my mind this Christmas...I grew up with bits of pieces of granddads stories about the war, but never really paid them any mind as a kid or a stupid teenager...I vaguely remembered something about shrapnel and running down a hill carrying guys over his shoulder...as I grew older and then joined the military myself, my interest in what Grandpa did in WW2 was ignited, unfortunately by this time he had Alzheimer's and would pass away before I could ever get any real answers. Anyways, back on track...apparently without me knowing, while cleaning out the attic of their house, my father found my grandpa's old discharge papers. He made some inquiries with the National Archives and was told that all the originals were lost in the Oklahoma City bombing, but that copies were on file. He got extra copies of the paperwork, along with a complete list of medals that my Grandpa had earned during his time. He sent me a package with the copies of those papers and some medals that were supplied by the Army after their various inquiries. My dad made sure that my Grandpa got the heroes burial he deserved and had the medals present at the funeral, and they were later divied out to the kids as memories of that cranky, crusty old man who used to yell at us. I ended up with a EAME Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, a WWII Occupation medal and his Purple Heart ribbon (his son has the actual medal). Looking at the paperwork he was assigned to the 976th Engineer Maintenance Company out of Chievres Belgium, being discharged November 5th 1945 for reenlistment in the Active Army. The paperwork says he participated in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns and was awarded a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound. I then have a second discharge form, but this time from the 1253rd Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B where he was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge. I have another form which lists him as a Labor Foreman (356) which states "Supervised German Prisoners of War in an Engineering Depot. Saw that surplus engineer equipment was shipped to US Engineer Units in Germany from Belgium." Does anyone have any info on either of these units? What they did? Where they did it? Sorry for the long ramble, its all a jumble right now. I will scan the paperwork at work on Monday and upload it for you guys to look at and review and maybe translate for me.