How can I find WWII info on what Company and Division my grandfather was in?

How can I find WWII info on what Company? (A-B-C) or Division (infantry?) my grandfather was in?

On Musters of 4-30-1939,  it's Company K, 29th Infantry. But 4 months later on Muster dated 8-31-1939, it says Co. B, 38th Infantry.

Most confusing is the Army - Army Air Corp division & "searches" and he actually retired from the military at Vance Air Force Base, so he's shown as the Air Force also.

So many moving variables.

I want to see if I can possibly pinpoint him overseas - Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes & Central Europe (which I know from his medals he received) but I'm confused as to what search "words" to use to drill down to facts.

His name was Glenn Hardgrave, retired Master Sergeant and his Army serial No. was 06260307. 

  • Oh, and I should have mentioned--his Quartermaster Truck Company would have been assigned to a Quartermaster Battalion, which would have been assigned to a Quartermaster Group. Of course, the company could move between battalions and the battalions could move between groups. The idea is that they were "building blocks" and could be task organized based on mission requirements (work load).

  • Oh, and I should have mentioned--his Quartermaster Truck Company would have been assigned to a Quartermaster Battalion, which would have been assigned to a Quartermaster Group. Of course, the company could move between battalions and the battalions could move between groups. The idea is that they were "building blocks" and could be task organized based on mission requirements (work load).

  • That was very impressive, detailed information!

    By putting letters in Chronological order, I "see" every place you mentioned except one, Ft. Sam Houston. From Bullis (and he does hate it there-talks about continually being bit by chiggers in the sand), he went back to Ft. Bliss, promoted to Corporal then sent to Camp Wolters (best est. date 5-19-1941). I laughed at you saying, "couldn't shoot" because he actually was a rifle instructor there. Then was promoted to Sergeant and re-enlistment notes say (Expert) MM & MM1. He was able to furlough but was right back at Camp Wolters (abt. Feb 1942). He was then promoted again to Tech Sergeant. I have no letters proving he was at Camp Fannin except his father's Obit (1943) mentions that location. (Abt. April 1944) I know he was at Camp Blanding, FL, Co. F, 192nd Training Bn. Addresses then change showing Ft. George Mead, Maryland. Co F, 4th Battalion, 1st Regiment - also shows AFG (Army ground Force) Replacement Depot   (RD 1) 2 II. 

    I have not been able to fill on the blanks from 6-4-1944 to 7-13-1944 other than "on a ship", "moving again" and is speaking of money /coin in England so I absolutely know he was transferred in England. **I have found so much more that I am not trying too hard. 

    A letter he mailed the following year - (after war ends) explains he was first in 3rd Army, then 9th Army and in December 1944, sent to 1st Army. I do know my grandfather tells my grandmother he wasn't currently in Patton's 3rd Army but was now in a "new" truck company and later reveals "Red Ball Express". Had I known that piece of info, his letters would have made better sense. I'm now re-reading all of them presently and noticing his "hints" within the letters. 

    Sometime, late September-early October he says he's back with his regular trucking Company. Until a letter dated December 1944 saying he was transferred to 1st Army and apparently clueless of the days to follow because he's states he hopes they feed them as good on Christmas as they did on Thanksgiving. Poor guy, little did he know. 

    So, we know he was in Fort Sill, in 1935-1939, his truck license says "quartermaster", then apparently was a rifle instructor. At Camp Wolters, he mentions the name "Simpson" a few times which meant nothing until it did... I know his guys who trained under my granddaddy in Replacement Depot or 65th HQ-IRTC, wrote many cards and letters thanking him for training them. 

    So he was in Patton's 3rd army, assigned to Red Ball Express Truck Company, then to 9th (original Quartermaster Truck Co 4267th), then was 1st Army for Batstone/Bulge.

    The worse thing I've read in mail or letters he wrote or typed (and only typed 3 letters from 1944-1945), he talks about coming upon a farm which the Germans had burned people alive. Estimated 2400, but says they couldn't fit them all in the barn (which was full of hay, soaked in gas) those people were lined up, poured gas on them and burned them with a flame gun. I searched the web to see if I could piece together where he may have been. His V-Mail was mailed April 17, 1945. GARDELEGEN MASSACRE. They found 3 prisoners who lived and "we're damn hard to look at, they probably wish they had died". He writes he and many guys were ill and that smell haunted him a long time. Tells that the Germans soldiers made their “own German townsfolk” watch as it happened and then made them “bury” them all. It is sad because letters following this disclosed nightmares and sleepless nights.

    I know he stayed after war ended and one thing we always knew factual, and part of 1st Army; from early May to middle of May 1945 (dates he mentions in letters) he wouldn't be able to write for a few weeks-he was leaving on a "fieldtrip" helping gather "stuff" Germans stole. LOL. Now I understand. He sent a few things from Goering’s "raid" (I don't want to divulge what) and saw some really (pricey) nice things. **so 1st Army accompanied Monument Men to Goering's hiding place.  It is nice to be able to put that part together so perfectly. 

    They (QM 4267th) continue driving for the next several months. Toward the end, he transported prisoners to Berlin then left and repeated that pattern. One thing he says repeatedly; the Russians would hold up their convoy, abuse the prisoners, especially the women, says raped them, in plain sight, took their clothes and even shoes, and if they ran, shot on site. His letters become very disturbing-a big change from his prior "somewhere in" letters. They are now very graphic.

    The more I find out, the sadder I become. I now know why we were never supposed to ask my granddaddy ANYTHING about the war.

    He finally made it home on the Sea Owl, at the port of Boston. He signed his Separation papers at Ft Chaffee, Arkansas. After his return to the states, and to his hometown, Enid, OK, he reenlisted with the USAF - "then" Enid Air Force Field, now Vance AFB. From there he served time in Alaska (1953-1955) and built a "road" through Alaska. **I'm still not to those years of history yet but I'm very interested! I know he was back at Vance Air Force Base as a Master Sergeant and a issued a commendation, which stated, if he chose to stay, he would be promoted to a Senior Master Sergeant (which I've been told by Vance AFB historian, was only used a short time). At Vance, he helped closing down the Base Hospital and then was transferred to be in charge of their Truck Maintenance & Supply area. By 1961, he was only in AF Reserve and moved to California where he worked with Security, guarding the Apollo 11 module at North American Rockwell- Space & Aviation Division. 

    I know this is a lot of info but I have these things which are "solid & proved" and have hopes that someone/anyone may recognize anything I’ve written and have more in-depth information to provide.

    I am so happy, and blessed, to have this group of such knowledgeable experts to help guide me. I have become obsessed with each piece I am able to fit in this grand (father's) military carreer puzzle. If I don't document all of this, I fear the next generation will not even be interested. I am the last of the (his) Hardgrave line so I feel its MY DUTY to record and document the awesome man he was.

    Sincere thanks to everyone!


  • Sorry, I must have missed this. Camp Bullis was (and still is) a sub-installation of Fort Sam Houston. Both are in, or on the outskirts of in the 1940s, San Antonio. Texas. Of course "The Regiment" moving to Fort Sam Houston and "all the companies in the regiment" moving to Fort Sam Houston are two entirely different things, so it's quite possible that the regimental headquarters moved to Fort Sam and your grandfather's company stayed at Camp Bullis.

    And, having spent several years as an instructor at Fort Sam in the 1980s and 1990s, I can tell you the chiggers were just as bad then as they were in the 1940s.