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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

2016-12-04 144th field artillery 980th battalion:

Good Day,          I acknowledge your statements.  In them you typed "My father was a member of the 980th battalion of the 144th Field Artillery".  At Santa Barbara, California on February 3, 1941, the

2016-12-02 US Army Troopships:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your follow-up.  In it you typed "if that was the only Troop Ship that sailed that day from Okinawa?"  According to the FACTS available to me, yes, the USS Missoula  APA-211

2016-12-02 376TH Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maint Comp:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "I'm attempting to locate any history of my Father In Laws Army unit during WWII."  Send your letter-of-request to:    US Army Heritage

2016-12-01 US Army Troopships:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your question.  Also, THANK YOU for referring to me as "Mr. Horrell".  Good manners NEVER go out-of-style.          In your question you typed "My father was a member of

2016-11-24 My Grandfather, 347th Engineer SV Regiment APO 225 Co. "C":

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "He was a "T/5"".  Pay was $66.00 per month.          In your question you typed "I was wondering if you could tell me any more about the


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