I'm trying to follow the timing of my father's movements during his Army service in WWII. Lee G Stallard was inducted 15 Jun 1944. He left the States in late 1944 or early 1945 for duty in the China/Burma/India Theater and was honorably discharged 13 May 1946. He departed from San Francisco on the USS Randall AP-115, for Bombay, India via Tasmania and continued by rail to Ledo, Assam, India via Calcutta. Then he was flown over the hump into China where he remained for about 15 months. Lee must have been in transit to India in late 1944 and/or early Feb 1945. After spending many months operating a mess hall for officers in Kunming and Nanking, he left China from Shanghai for San Francisco in Spring of 1946.
Orders: 5 Mar 1945 Pvt Lee G Stallard assigned to IGD Sec
Issued by Headquarters, Services of Supply, United States Forces in China Theater; APO 627
6. Following enlisted men, having been assigned to this Headquarters effective 26 Feb 1945
_____________________ Headquarters United States Forces China Theater APO 627 dated 24 Feb 1945, are, confirming
_____ of 26 Feb 1945, further? assigned Headquarters and Headquarters Command? for duty with section indicated.
Is my translation correct? Can anyone complete it?
It says Lee joined this headquarters in 26 Feb 1945. Can anyone tell if this was in Ledo, Assam, India? The top of the page (not shown) gives the Headquarter's name with APO 627, which is Kunming, China, not APO 689 for Ledo. Does this mean Lee arrived in Kunming on 26 Feb 1945?
Does IGD Sec stand for Inspector General's Department Section?
I know Lee did type writing in a high officer’s office for a short time, maybe in Ledo or Kunming, but he didn't stay long in Ledo. Does anyone know if “IGD Sec” indicates office work or work in a mess hall (He operated the mess hall in China)? Could these orders be issued after Lee's arrival in Kunming to do typing in the Inspector General's office in Kunming?
Is it unlikely that these are orders to leave Ledo and to go to Kunming? If these are travel orders, can I assume that once issued, they are to be acted without delay?
Your help will be greatly appreciated.