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World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
14 Feb 1919 2
1919 1
Brooke Co., WV 2
West Virginia 1
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Person:
Peter Darrah Jr 1
Level of Education: Grammar school 1
Marital Status: Married 1
Birth:
14 Feb 1919 2
1919 1
Brooke Co., WV 2
West Virginia 1
Male 2
Residence:
Place: Ohio County, West Virginia 1
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Birth:
Mother: Mary Allen 2
Father: Peter Boone Darrah 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
14 Feb 1945 1
Army Branch:
No branch assignment 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
35957650 1
Enlistment Place:
Huntington West Virginia 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Semiskilled construction machinery operators, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1015 1
Film Reel Number: 5.77 1

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Peter Darrah, Jr. In WW2

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Peter Darrah, Jr., U.S. Army, 1945-46

Peter Darrah, Jr., of Wellsburg, WV, was inducted into the U.S. Army on February 14, 1945, his birthday. Following Basic Training at Fort Bragg, NC, where, like many mountaineer hunters, he qualified as an expert on the M1 rifle and the Thompson submachine gun, he trained as a Construction Machine Operator at Fort Knox, KY, not exactly a problem, as that is what he did as a civilian.

            He left the U.S. on August 14, 1945, aboard an LST for the Pacific Theater, as part of Company B, 110th Combat Engineering Battalion, and the heavily loaded ship arrived off Okinawa on September 8, 1945.  World War II had ended on September 2nd.

            Pete and the 110th transferred to Seoul, Korea, for occupation duty, and he worked to build Kimpo Airport in that capital city. He arrived back in the United States on July 25, 1946, and separated from the Army on August 3, 1946, at Fort Bragg, NC.

            Pete was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Occupation Medal. He served one year, five months, and twenty days, and ended his service with the rank of Technician Fifth Grade.

 

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