2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 27, 2020 12:08 AM by Jo Shipley

    When did 4277th Quartermaster Car Co land on Normandy?


      What day did my father, Frederick W. Kant, Army Serial Number 0539594, land on Normandy Beach in WWII? He served in the 4277th Quartermaster Car Company. (APO#757)

        • Re: When did 4277th Quartermaster Car Co land on Normandy?
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Kant,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) but were unable to locate records of the 4277th Quartermaster Car Company during WWII.


          The World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) may contain after action reports for the 4277th Quartermaster Car Company during WWII. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          • Re: When did 4277th Quartermaster Car Co land on Normandy?
            Jo Shipley Wayfarer

            It appears that the 4277 Quartermaster Car Company was affiliated with the SHAEF - Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.  The locations listed below for APO 757 are also the HQ locations for SHAEF.  SHAEF HQ in England was located at Bushy Park near Kingston on Thames.  A small advance post was located in Portsmouth near British General Montomery's HQ.   Movement of SHAEF HQ from Portsmouth, England to Julouville commenced on August 28th.  Movement to Versailles from Julouville commenced on September 15 and finished by Sept. 20.  Echelons of SHAEF Main that remained in England were moved to Versailles beginning at the end of Sept. and completed by Oct. 5.


            United States Army in World War II.

            By United States. Dept. of the Army. Office of Military History


            LocationAPOEff. Date
            KINGSTON ON THAMES ENGLANDNY 75704 02 44
            JULOUVILLE FRANCE NY 75727 08 44
            VERSAILLES FRANCE NY 75720 09 44
            FRANKFURT GERMANY NY 75729 05 45


              I did not find anything on the 4277th QM Car Company, but the following describes what a Car Platoon does. 

            The 3d  Platoon,  506th  Quartermaster Company,  later  re-designated  90th  QM Car Platoon,  was  attached  directly  to the XIX  Corps command  post, and was used to  transport  staff  officers  and  provide courier  service.  Its  vehicles were almost always dispatched singly.  With  practice,its  drivers  learned  how to  read  foreign maps  and ask  directions  in  foreign  languages—special  skills  needed  for  this type  of  duty.

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