Where was the 3939 Quartermaster Gas Company on 13 December 1944?

My father was a member of the 3939 Quartermaster Gasoline Company during WWII and was wounded in action twice on 13 Dec. 1944. I would like to know where the 3939th was at that time. Thanks ahead of time for any info you could contribute.

  • Dear Mr. Simon,

    Thank you for contacting History Hub.

    We searched the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) but were unable to locate unit records of the 3939th Quartermaster Gasoline  Supply Company for WWII.

    Since the unit was only active from December 2, 1944 to January 10, 1945, there may be morning reports for the 3939th. Morning reports for Army units during WWII are in the custody of the National Archives in St. Louis, MO. Please contact them for access to these records. The address is the National Archives in St. Louis, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002 and the email address is stl.archives@nara.gov

    We hope that this information is helpful.

  • Dear Rebecca

    Thank you for your direction in this matter. You have already answered one important question, and that is when the 3939 Quartermaster Gasoline Company was active.

    There are many questions I have about my father. Probably few will ever be answered but at least this is a start!

    Thank you for your help,

    Sincerely, Duane

  • The 3939th Gas Supply Company was in several locations from D-Day to the end of WWII. My father became the Company Commander two weeks after D-Day and served as such until the end 1945.  He had deployed to England in October 1943 as a platoon leader in the 556th Railhead Company as part of the 1st Engineer Special Brigade and took part in the D-Day landings at Utah Beach. He replaced the initial commander of the 3939th GS Co. who was relieved apparently for dereliction of duties.  My father commanded the 3939th from then until after the end of hostilities in Europe. The unit operated petroleum, oil, and lubricant (POL) locations across northern France, primarily refueling logistical resupply convoys. The unit holds the record for most vehicles refueled in one day. The unit used a number of POW's assigned to assist with general labor services, the exception being the actual refueling of vehicles to avoid any sabotage. In his files I found that even in wartime, he was Bonded and held accountable for the fuel his unit handled. Prior to his departure from Europe, audits were conducted of his fuel accounts, which as mentioned earlier were at various locations, and then signed over the inventories to his replacement.

    Prior to D-Day, his unit, the 556th RH Co., participated in Exercise Tiger, a rehearsal on the southern coast of England in preparation for D-Day. In the very early dark hours of April 28th, the convoy of eight LST's that consisted of mainly logistical units of the 1st Engineer Bde, were attacked by German E-Boats. Three LST's were hit by torpedoes including my father's LST 289 which survived the attack. The other two sank and resulted in the death of over seven hundred men, primarily due to exposure in the cold channel waters.

    I believe I still have a copy of the orders for the officer's and men of the 3939th awarding them their ETO Campaign Medal.

  • Duane,

    Please use the information below for your search. This unit was attached to the 1st Engineer Special Brigade, or 1st ESB. The history of the 1st ESB can found in RG 338 and RG 498. It might give you an Idea of your fathers unit attached to this specific Brigade.

    Record Group 338: Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 (UD 37042) File Unit: 1st Engineer Special Brigade: History [NAID 1187452, Box 607]

    Record Group 498: Organizational Unit Records, 1943 - 1947 (UD 494). File Unit: 1st Special Brigade 1944 [NAID 5819434, Box 3197]

    Hope this helps,

    Elliot Schneider

  • Tom, My uncle, Joseph Thornton, was assigned to the 3939th.  Any mention of his name in your father's records would be appreciated. 

  • Hi Thomas,

    My grandfather Sergeant Peter F. Kurek, Sr. was in the 3939th Gas Supply Company, and participated both in Exercise Tiger, as well as the D-Day invasion in Utah Beach, France. I would love to see a copy of the orders and or, any other information you may have on their unit. Thank you very much for posting!

  • HI Thomas,

    My grandfather, Peter F. Kurek, Sr., served as a sergeant in the 3939 Quartermasters Gasoline Supply Co. He participated in Exercise Tiger, as well as the D-Day invasion in Utah Beach, France. I would love a copy of the orders and other information that you may have. I would be happy to connect for a direct message.


    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!


    For information related to the military service of Sergeant Peter F. Kurek, Sr. we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for individuals who served with the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1960 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Veterans and next of kin of deceased veterans also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests. 

    We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Subject Files, December 1943–April 1945 within Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that includes records related to Exercise Tiger. There may also be records of interest for your research related to Exercise Tiger listed under Slapton Sands. A series of records not listed in the online catalog that may be of interest is Pre-Invasion Planning files which include records on Exercise Tiger in Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) 
    Entry NM-3 427-D. Boxes 19284-19285 include files 455 and 456 related to Exercise Tiger. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RR2R) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

    We invite you to continue the conversation with community members on History Hub, but should you have follow up questions for the staff at Archives II, please email us at archives2reference@nara.gov so that we can assist you further. 

    We hope this assists you with your research! 


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  • Hello. Thank you! I did. this back in March 2023. Their website tells me that the records have been sent, but I haven’t received anything. The phone number puts me in an endless loop. No response to my emails. Do you have a contact there to whom I could escalate my request. Thank you sincerely!


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