3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 19, 2021 6:47 AM by slice00

    Seeking records of John Wendland & 443rd AAA Bn


      I am looking for any possible information regarding the 443rd AAA Bn. My Grandfather was with them roughly between 1950 - 1953. I don’t have the exact years, but from some photos he took, I know he was in Europe around that time. I also believe he was stationed at the Wiesbaden Air Base(?).  I don’t know if this helps any at all, but I heard a brief story he told once regarding how his Squad(?) was almost selected to perform a beach landing during the Korean War. The sad result was that the squad that was selected took heavy casualties. I don’t know how much of that is correct. His name was John J. Wendland. I’m just curious about his life when he was in the Army; where he was stationed and any movements he was apart of. Kind regards

        • Re: Seeking records of John Wendland & 443rd AAA Bn
          Lisa Sharik Tracker

          The 443rd AAA was only attached to the 36th Infantry Division for part of WWII. In 1946 the 36th was returned to Texas National Guard control and it was not mobilized for the Korean War.

          Sorry, I don't know who the 443rd was part of during Korea.




          Lisa Sharik

          Deputy Director

          Texas Military Forces Museum

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          • Re: Seeking records of John Wendland & 443rd AAA Bn
            Charlie Busch Adventurer

            Dear Mr. Hall,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Command Reports, 1949 - 1954 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes 3 file units of the 443rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion for 1950-1953. We also located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes 7 file units of 443rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery for the 1950s. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


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            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

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