Dear Ms. O'Halloran,
Thank you for contacting History Hub! To assist you better, please let us know what specific Army unit your uncle was part of during WWII.
All I know is he enlisted 1/16/1943 and was released 8/29 1945- I have photos when his unit liberated Buchenwald and wa told he was in the battle of the bulge but do not have his vet papers-
how can I get those? Thanks for your interest and help!
The 3rd Army, 6th Armored Division liberated that area. Some veterans also had copies of their discharge papers entered at the county court house. An Armored Division had elements of tanks, infantry, signal, logistics and medical support. In some cases units could be temporarily attached or detached to other units.
A Tech 4, was an enlisted rank. A corporal was also an E-4, but was considered a Non Commissioned Officer.
There were also Technical Sergeants during WW2. During WW2, aviation was incorporated into the Army.
During the Battle of the Bulge, he could have been doing anything to maintain unit operations during the axis
offensive. Everyone in the Army is considered a basic rifle - person, but it may have depended on his specific military
specialty or job in a unit such as armor, infantry, signal or medical.
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Usually guard duty, listening posts and observations posts on perimeter defense could be manned by any available soldier. Armor, artillery and aviation spotters were more specialized with heavy weapons, maps and grids. Recon and Patrols would be conducted by infantry and units. The Battle of the bulge was Operation Watch on the Rhine which began in 1944.
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Dear Ms. O’Halloran,
Thanks for reaching out on History Hub. It is difficult to say exactly what your uncle did as a Tech 4. As Mr. Tomko lists above, there are several jobs that fall within Tech 4. You may, however, request his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) by completing a SF180 and sending it to the listed address. His OMPF can detail his specific jobs and any change in title, position, or assignment during service. Unfortunately, his service does fall within the records the most impacted by the 1973 fire and it is possible there is limited information remaining. The best way to find this out is to request his OMPF. I hope this helps you on your search!
Cara Moore Lebonick
National Archives at St. Louis
Great site thank you for your help and suggestions I was able to pull up his serial number through this web site and would some day love to see if I could track where he served in the war- Julia