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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:16 pm 

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I'm looking for information regarding transport ships that brought back the detachments of the 843rd back to the USA. From what I've pieced together, the 79 men that transfered out in mid-October 1945 had ASR (Advance Service Rating) scores of 85 points or more, and brought the battalion strength down to 454 men. By the end of October, most of the remaining men were reassigned to other units for their return. With an ASR score of 79 points, I'm placing my dad in the group that was transfered in the first week of November. My dad's notes list November 26 as the date of departure from Marseilles, and an arrival date at Newport News, VA as December 8. This would have been 12 days in transit. I've read that some members of the 843rd came back on the Costa Rica Victory, but docked in New York. I found a site about troopships, ww2troopships.com, that is reconstructing information regarding overseas movements, as the Department of the Army destroyed all WWII Army Transport files in 1951. There is an entry for the SS Sea Owl that departed Marseilles in late November 1945 and arrived at Newport News in December. They have no firm dates for this entry, and the troops on board may have been the 644th Anti-Tank Battalion. No other entries for Marseilles departures make sense when paired with my dad's travel dates. If anyone can verify that any members of the 843rd were definitely returned on the Sea Owl, I would appreciate hearing it.

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