1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 3, 2020 12:23 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Port of Boston


      During World War 2, what was specifically meant by the Boston Port of Embarkation? Was this a military or civilian term? Or did it encompass both the activities of civilians and soldiers?

        • Re: Port of Boston
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Kemelman,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The Boston Port of Embarkation was an organization under the US Army’s Office of the Chief of Transportation responsible for the movement of troops and supplies through Boston to overseas commands.  They would have also been involved in the return of troops and equipment to the United States at the end of the War.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Administrative Records, 1942 - 1946 for the Boston Port of Embarkation in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Transportation (Record Group 336). This series consists of a variety of files, to include histories, which may give further insight into the Boston Port of Embarkation.  Some of the photographs in these records have already been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at Boston (RE-BO) via email at boston.archives@nara.gov to access the remainder of the records.


          We also located The Transportation Corps: Movements,Training and Supply by Chester Wardlow on the website of the U.S. Army Center of Military History that provides additional information about ports of embarkation, including Boston.


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


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