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Here is some additional information. He was issued the Air medal
Name: Leslie R Morgan Race: White Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single) Rank: Private Birth Year: 1924 Nativity State or Country: South Carolina Citizenship: Citizen Residence: Pickens, South Carolina Education: 4 years of high school Civil Occupation: Farm hands, general farms Enlistment Date: 17 Jan 1944 Enlistment Place: Fort Bragg, North Carolina Service Number: 34898108 Branch: Air Corps Component: Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) Source: Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer Height: 00 Weight: 000 Name: Leslie R Morgan Gender: Male Birth Date: 17 Dec 1924 Death Date: 13 Feb 1990 Cause of Death: Other Enlistment Branch: ARMY Enlistment Date: 17 Jan 1944 Discharge Date: 8 Jun 1946
I'll need a decoder ring to figure out the info on the Air Medal... LOL
Can "Air Corps GO# 14, Hq. India China Division., ATC 2-8-46" be interpreted as having served in India and China and not in Lancashire, England?
Re his Air Medal:
"PFC, Air Corps" means he was a Private First Class in the Air Corps (aka Army Air Forces)
"GO# 14, Hq. India China Division., ATC 2-8-46" means the authorization for the Air Medal was General Orders No. 14, issued by Headquarters, India China Division of the Air Transport Command on 8 Feb 1946.
Given that he entered the Air Corps in Jan 1944, it's quite possible he served in Europe and was then later assigned to China-India. (It wasn't uncommon for AAF crews to be transferred to either the Pacific or China-India-Burma Theater once the war was won in Europe.) As an member of the Army Air Forces, he wouldn't have served in the 82nd, but he could have supported the 82nd's operations while in Europe.
Hope this gets you a little closer to learning more about him.
Thanks Kristen, I appreciate your help.
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Dear Mr. Eldon,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Leslie Morgan’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which should include information about the specific unit(s) he served with. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army Air Corps who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1948 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 their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file related to Morgan, Leslie R. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).
Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 for the U.S. Army Air Force/Air Force that, as Mr. Schneider noted, includes an Air Medal card for Morgan, Leslie R. (see image 222). These records are digitized and available using the Catalog.
The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 13 files that pertain to the Air Transport Command, India China Division during 1945. Please read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. Since the reel numbers begin with A, please contact RDT2 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about them.
We also located the series Historical Records, 1944-1946 in the Records of U.S. Army Forces in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations (Record Group 493) that includes the file India-China Division, Air Transport Command, July 1941 - June 1945 that may contain some useful information. This file has not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for access to these and similar records.
Plus, we located the series Photographs of Activities, Facilities, and Personnel, ca. 1940 - ca. 1983 in the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that includes 291 images related to Headquarters India-China "Air Transport Command" that may be of interest to you. These images have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.
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Awesome and wonderful information!
Thank you... and he is only the first WWII relative I am researching...
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