How to find my Grandpa's unit from his service papers?

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  1. csteimel47591

    csteimel47591 New Member

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    Greetings,
    My Grandpa died about 10 years ago.

    Recently I've acquired his service papers and would like to go back and find out where he fought. From what I've heard there's quite a story behind him. I paid for the ancestory.com thing to see if it could find him but I got nothing.

    I know he lied when he was 16 to join the army to get away from family problems. Also, I know he suffered problems from cold exposure from the war which caused problems late in his life. My mom says he served in both theaters but I'm not sure if this is true. He told me stories about his buddy using a flamethower on the japs when I was a wee kid, so I guess it makes sense; cold in Europe flame thrower in the Pacific...?

    He ended up meeingt a lady who was in charge of tobacco/alcohol/candy.etc and started boot-legging it to the soldiers. Eventually he got caught and was thrown in prison until the war ended and was released when Truman pardoned all the soldiers imprisoned for things during the war.

    Maybe this "background" will provide some clues as to where I should look?

    I'd really like to find out more about him. Like I've said, I've got his "service" papers but I don't know how to use them to find anything. I was hoping some of the ww2 buffs on here could help me out.
     
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    fubar57 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome. Lots of ex-service men here that can help you. In Canada, you can proceed through the maze that is the Ministry of Defense.

    Geo
     
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    Does anyone have any suggestions? Where to start? Website or Phone#?
     
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    Maybe post this up in the Basic Thread where more people will see it.

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