I am seeking more information on my great grandfather, Samuel Hodges Ross, as part of a project for my family to track the course of my three great grandparents who served during the war. I have already been able to track down two of them, the first being Martin Chamberlain (of whom served on the USS Parker [DD-604], before becoming the commander of the USS Earle [DD-635]), and the other being Charles Brooks (who was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor, before being sent off with the USS Dobbins). Now I need help with the Third and Final Grandparent, of whom is becoming much harder to find records on.
So far, I have been able to find a few records of his, and here is what I know so far: He was drafted twice, the first time (Rejected) in 1943, and the second time (Called) in 1944. After his basic training, he shipped out, arriving on May 7th, 1945. Apart from this, his location in the pacific is unknown to me, apart from the fact that he was in the Army Air-Forces, and worked on building airbases. I also know that at some point, he was injured, and was located in the Marshall Islands, where he remained until he was able to be demobilized. As a further piece of the puzzle, I also know that he was not injured so severely as to be medically discharged, and was forced to wait along with everyone else.
One last part that I was able to find is that he was last stationed at Hickam field (APO 953), at the Pacific Ocean Rest and Recreation Area. From what I can tell, This would indicate that he was attached to the 7th and/or 20th Air Force, though please do correct me if I am wrong. As a further piece, I have attached everything I could find of his from back in the day.
Apart from these brief and fairly generic details, there is not much that I can find. I am currently in the process of trying to find anything of significance that can help nail down a date or location for his time in the pacific, though with the army unit rosters for 1944-1946 (The years of his service) being destroyed, it has made for a very tough search. If any of you can help me find details, or offer places of where I could look, please let me know.
Thanks in Advance.
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Here is some information.
WW2 Hospital Admission Cards:
Name: Samuel H Ross Gender: Male Race: White (includes Mexican) (White) Rank: Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student) Admission Age: 36 Birth Date: abt 1909 Admission Date: Aug 1945 Discharge Date: Aug 1945 Discharge Place: Station Hospital Military Branch: Air Force, General or Unspecified Diagnosis: Diagnosis: Gastritis, acute Type of Injury: InjuryType: Disease; InjuryType2: Not a traumatism Type of Discharge: Duty (includes AWOL) Length of Service: 1-2 yr. Service Number: 39580903 Notes: None Name: Samuel H Ross Gender: Male Birth Date: 5 Jan 1909 Death Date: 15 Aug 1979 553103496 Enlistment Date: 3 Apr 1944 Discharge Date: 22 Mar 1946 Name: Samuel H Ross Race: White Marital status: Married Rank: Private Birth Year: 1909 Nativity State or Country: Arkansas Citizenship: Citizen Residence: San Diego, California Education: 1 year of high school Civil Occupation: Skilled mechanics and repairmen, n.e.c. Enlistment Date: 3 Apr 1944 Enlistment Place: Fort Macarthur San Pedro, California Service Number: 39580903 Branch: No branch assignment Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Height: 00 Weight: 000
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