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Dear Mr. Wyatt,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 76th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group, the 76th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Gun) Battalion, and the 933rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AW) Battalion for WWII. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In addition, you may wish to consult the unofficial source Coast Artillery Organizational History, 1917-1950 Part I, Coast Artillery Regiments 1-196, which contains a short history of the 76th Coast Artillery (AA)(Colored) Regiment:
76th Coast Artillery (AA)(Colored) Regiment Constituted in OR 7-29-21 as 502nd Arty (AA), CAC, and organized in November 1921 at New York City. Redesignated 502nd CA (AA) Regt 6-30-24. Withdrawn from OR 10-1-33 and allotted to RA as inactive. On 8-1-40 redesignated 76th CA (AA) Regt (Cld) and 1st Bn activated at Ft. Bragg, NC; 2nd Bn activated 2-10-41 at Ft. Bragg. Moved to Philadelphia area 12-11-41 to establish AA positions. Transferred to Los Angeles area 5-26-42; established AA positions at Burbank until 7-30- 42. 3rd Bn activated 6-15-42 at Burbank. Regiment moved to Cp. Stoneman, CA, 7-30-42 to stage for overseas deployment. Departed San Francisco and arrived Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 9-2-42. Manned AA defenses until inactivated 11-1-43. HHB redesignated HHB 76th AAA Gp; 1st Bn redesignated 76th AAA (Gun) Bn; 2nd Bn redesignated 933rd AAA (AW) Bn; 3rd Bn disbanded and personnel reassigned.
Lastly, we located a digitized copy of the Numerical Listing of APO’s, January 1942 to November 1947 prepared by the Army Postal Service that may have the APO numbers and locations you seek.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Thank You Very Much. Your information is on target and greatly appreciated.
Dear Mr. Wyatt:
In the 1980s & 1990s, I served as Executive Director of Historic Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia.
This 150+ acre site contains a 10 acre seacoast fort, built initially by the British beginning in 1770.
It was used by the Army till the 1960's. It is now a historic museum. In restoring the Soldiers Barracks, we found ample evidence that the 76th CA was stationed there. I forget the exact dates.
I also met a visitor one day who claimed to have been an officer with the unit. They were deployed at the historic fort to provide AA defense for the nearby Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard & Ft Mifflin Naval Ammunition Depot.
I hope this is helpful.