World War II in the Aleutians - Shemya (APO 729)
January 26, 1943 to January 27, 1946
1. Recap of Army Facilities
7. My Outfit
8. My Buddies
"With the attack on Pearl Harbor, the
in it's history. In March 1942, the transportation functions were consolidated into
the Transportation Division of the newly created Services of Supply. That same year,
on July 31 President Roosevelt established the Transportation Corps. By the end of
the war the Transportation Corps had moved more than 30 million soldiers within
The Transportation Corps was divided into many different divisions, each one performing
diverse functions,each organized differently, each requiring special skills & expertise and
each having a different Table of Organization.
A Table of Organization is a listing of how many men are required for an outfit's
function, and the different ranks that would be required.
An example would be an Infantry Company. In those days it would be
composed of about 200 men.
squads of 12 men each.
The Table of Organization may have been composed of a Company Commander, a
Captain, Second in Command, a First Lieutenant, four Second Lieutenants - one for each
platoon, 4 sergeants and 4 corporals - one each for each platoon - and the rest Privates or
First Class Privates.
My new outfit, part of the Transportation Corps, was officially called the Army Transport
Service - Outport Unit - Harbor Craft Detachment.
Because our responsibilities were so diverse, depending
on the size of the harbor we
Because everyone either had a skill, or developed a skill,
There were two types of ranks, whether for
Officers or Non-coms;
© Wally Nadel 2007
Dr. Will R. Eubank - Adak 1943 Map of Alaska