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S/Sgt (Staff Sergeant) Edward J. Bailey (20630342) of the 32nd Signal Company writing to family back home in Detroit. Routed via APO 32 in San Francisco.
Envelopes are stained, crinkled but intact.
The United States 32nd Infantry Division was formed from Army National Guard units from Wisconsin and Michigan and fought primarily during World War I and World War II.
During World War II, the division was credited with many "firsts". It was the first United States division to deploy as an entire unit overseas and among the first of seven U.S. Army and U.S. Marine units to engage in offensive ground combat operations during 1942. The division was among the first divisions to engage the enemy and were still fighting holdouts after the official Japanese surrender. The 32nd logged a total of 654 days of combat during World War II, more than any other United States Army division.
… Taking a southerly route to avoid the Japanese Navy, they arrived in southern Australia at Port Adelaide on 14 May 1942, having traveled 9,000 miles (14,000 km) in 23 days. They were the first American division in World War II to be moved in a single convoy from the United States to the front lines.