This one is a puzzle. Headquarters and Headquarters Service Troop (HQ and HQ SV TRP) Troops normally refer to Cavalry, but since he was infantry it would refer to a Reconnaissance Squadron.
His classification is Military Police and he was certified as a Sharpshooter on the M1 rifle (Rifle (ss) Oct 47)
The way it is written as "SS" seems to echo the Sharpshooter in his marksmanship section.
I'll keep looking and see if I can find you a better answer.
Texas Military Forces Museum
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“HQ & HQ SV TRP” is short for “Headquarters and Headquarters Service Troop” which was at times the designation for the command and support element of various cavalry and constabulary units. “C” is not a modifier for the troop name. Unlike line troops which have designations such as Troop A, Troop B, and Troop C, headquarters units do not have letter designations. Given the context of the Army of Occupation, “C” most likely refers to “Constabulary.” “C SS” is probably meant to be read together to refer to the squadron for which the troop is the headquarters unit. One possibility is “Constabulary Signal Squadron,” however, if that were the case, there should also be a numerical designation, such as the 97th Constabulary Signal Squadron. Given the lack of a numerical designation for the unit, another possibility is “Constabulary School Squadron.” The Constabulary School Squadron furnished personnel to operate the Constabulary School at Sonthofen.
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Thanks for your reply. I had never heard of the US Constabulary before posting my inquiry. Your answer seems to be the most informed one that I have received. Some others had suggested "Constabulary Signal Squadron" or "Constabulary School Squadron". Unless someone gives me a better suggestion I think that I will have to go with the latter. I checked with NPRC and unfortunately all of his records were destroyed in the 1973 fire. The NARA had four pages, two being payroll records and the other two unreadable. I will certainly research the websites that you suggested. Some of them I have already looked at. Again, I thank you,
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It may be possible to locate his name on a unit roster and/or morning report, if you already know which units and roughly which date spans to look at. Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 1947 - 1959 and morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For information about accessing these records, please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com.
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The NARA in College Park, MD was one of the first places I contacted about finding his records, primarily General Orders, and got the response below. He was assigned to Company E, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in WWII. He was on the battlefield with that unit for only about one month when his entire company was captured by the Germans during the Battle of Luxemburg and held until Stalg 3A until being liberated by the Russians on April 22,1945. I contacted the 4th ID Association and my request was supposed to be submitted to their historian. I have not heard anything from them. I have not contacted any one about his Army of Occupation (US Constabulary) (1947-1948) because I didn't know his unit.
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Here is some additional readings to get an Idea of the units. Copy and paste into your web browser.
HQ & HQ SV TRP C SS
In this case this refers to Head Quarters and Head Quarters Company Special Service Troop Constabulary Special Service
Refer to Box 5 - Component - Regular Army MOS 18. Normally this box contains AUS (Army United States) or NG (National Guard) USAR (US Army Reserve) MOS 18 rerefers to an Army Component. In this case the 4th Armored Division which was designated as a U S Constabulary SS Special Service. The 4th Armored Division, the spear head of Patton's 3rd Army was removed from 3rd Army and re-assigned as a Constabulary under SHAFE (Supreme Headquarters Armed Forces Europe). Currently MOS 18 refers to the Green Berets, SF, Special Forces.
Box 5 (COMP. & TERM OF ENL.) = RA 18 MOS. This is not Military Occupation Specialty (MOS)
I believe that it means "Regular Army for a period of 18 months" of service
Box 30 shows MOS as Military Police 677
I've read a lot of the history and records of the Constabulary and I've had people at NARA and Department of the Army research the records and none of them are certain as to the organization as it is written. They have suggested these two possibilities:
Headquarters & Headquarters Service Troop Constabulary School Squadron
Headquarters & Headquarters Service Troop Constabulary Special Services
Since no one knows for sure I'll have to go with those two suggestions without knowing for certain
Thank you Darryl,
I agree with you, on your two answers. I hope I was able to add a little bit to the conversation.
Good luck on your research