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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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2017-02-02 Unit History, 128th AAA Gun Battalion:

Dear Sir,          Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "I saw a post where you said you have the 128th's unit history".  That is correct.          In your question you typed "Is there anywhere


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