|T/5 Oliver H. Ross, US Army|
Oliver H. Ross was inducted and entered active service in the US Army on June 5, 1942 at Ft. Crook, Nebraska. The document actually says, Ft. Cook, but this appears to be a typo. He attended "B & C QM Corp" service school at Camp Pickett, Virginia and graduated August 22, 1942. This is a school for the Quartermaster Corps, which is logistics branch of the Army. Oliver eventually became a Mess Sergeant, MOS 824, so he was probably trained in food service skills at Camp Pickett. His civilian occupation was listed as Salesman Motor Vehicles 1-85.11
|Insignia of the 79th Infantry Division|
Not much else is listed until April 7, 1944, when he departed the United States bound for the European, African, Middle Eastern Theater of Operations (EAMETO). He arrived April 16, 1944. When he was discharged, he was in Company A of the 2nd Armored Medical Battalion, which was part of the 9th Armored Division. I don't know if he was part of that organization the entire time he was in Europe. If he was in the 9th AD, than that tells a lot about his activities during the war. Update: In the comments below, it sounds like he was discharged from the 9thAD, but served most of his time in Company B, 304th Medical Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
However, I found a photo of him that conflicts with this information. Instead he is wearing the insignia of the 79th Infantry Division. His date of departure for Europe matches the date Wikipedia lists for the 79th ID's arrival in Europe so it seems logical that he might have been with that division at that time. The 79th ID arrived at Utah Beach, Normandy, 12–14 June, 1944, 6 days after D-day. Unfortunately the discharge document only lists the unit he was in at the time of his discharge ("Co. A, 2nd Armd. Med. Bn."). Since there is conflicting information, I can only speculate about his activities since I don't know when or why he transferred from the 79th ID to the 2nd Armored Medical Battalion.
|Oliver, "Somewhere in France"|
According to his separation document, he was involved in the Normandy, North France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns.
Oliver left the EAMETO September 28, 1945 and arrived in the United States October 9, 1945. He was discharged as a Staff Sergeant on October 14, 1945 at Camp Blanding Florida. He received the EAMETO Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Total foreign service, 1 year, 6 months and 3 days. Total Continental service, 1 year 10 months and 7 days.
Update: Sounds like he was not in the 9th AD except to be discharged, so I've lined out the following section to avoid confusing the issue. I'd delete it completely, but that's considered trying to "cover-up" a mistake in the blogging world.
That's pretty much all I know about Oliver H. Ross's WWII Army service, but I'll keep an eye open if I find anything else.