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Can answer: World War Two. Specifically, the troop transport ships that took US Military Personnel overseas & returned them to the US, 1941-47. Also, unit history of US Army QM, Signal, MP, Ordnance, Medical, Transportation & Engineer units that served during WW 2. The more obscure units are my specialty. If you have the APO that a Veteran sent letters from or received letters at, I can look up the history of that APO.

Experience in the area

A lifelong study of WW 2, including participation as a WW 2 Re-enactor, 1980-2002. Also, interviewing over 400 WW 2 Veterans about their role in WW 2.


AASLH, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society


Over 800 Profiles that I have written for client's about their loved one's role in WW 2.


BA, History & Political Science (19th & 20th Century European History) Webster University, Webster Groves, MO.

Awards and Honors

Assisting the National Archives on numerous occasions during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of WW 2, 1991-95.

Past/Present Clients

Respectfully, I do not disclose the names of the clients I deal with. I have a confidentially agreement with them.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To compile a FACT-BASED list of troop ship voyages that US Military Personel were passengers onboard, 1940-47.

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Recent Answers from Richard V. Horrell

2016-09-26 Fathers army unit during WW 2:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your question.  Your father was assigned [assigned] to the 1st Battalion, 68th Coast Artillery Regiment until June 4, 1944, when the 1st Battalion, 68th Coast Artillery

2016-09-04 633rd AAA Auto-Weapons Battalion:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your follow-up.  In it you typed "date of departure-2 nov 1942.......of arrival 18 nov 1942"  Fourteen troop ships departed either the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation

2016-09-03 633rd AAA Auto-Weapons Battalion:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "whose father served at least in 1945 in the above."  Would you be so kind as to indicate the Primary Source Document you possess that indicates

2016-09-01 45th Infantry Division and the 106th AAA Auto-Weapons Battalion:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "The 45th infantry and the 106th AAA".  I assume (something that I am loathed to do) that you are referring to the 45th Infantry Division

2016-08-31 894th Ordnance (HAM) Company WW 2:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your follow-up.  In it you typed "There is no page 2. only page 1".  The FACTS you provided me are from page two of your father's Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55)


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