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841st Ordnance Depot Company:
                              WWII photos and memories of Joe Hill Hammond
 
The primary purpose of this site is to post photos of my Dad, 
and his U.S. Army unit during their service in World War II.  
I have only recently discovered that he was in the 841st Ordnance Depot Company,
and served from September 1943 until November 1945.
I have recently posted a roster of men who were members of the 841st.  See the link to it in the sidebar on the left.  I plan to post a map of the operational locations soon.   Any other documents or related material about the 841st will be posted, as I learn more. 
This site is a way to honor their service, their stories, and their lives. 
If anyone would like to share their own information, and certainly to help correct anything I've written, please contact me using the email address from the link at the bottom of the page.
  
 
My Dad, Joe Hill Hammond, is now almost 86, and has many memories of that time.  Some stories seem to be quite accurate, and some have gotten a little fuzzy. 
After my Mom passed away a few years ago, he moved in with me. I re-discovered the photo album that I believe my Mom had created that covers those early years of their marriage and his Army service. I remember looking at this when I was a child.  I always had to be careful, because of the photos.   It was one of those typical of that time about 11" x 14" in size, with a thick red embossed front and back cover with heavy black paper pages, and all tied on the binding side with a long cord.  Most of these photos were very small, only about 1" x 2". I'm not sure what kind of camera was used.  But Dad tells me that there was someone in the outfit that took photos all the time.  They were arranged and held on each album page with those little black (and some white) mounting corners that had to be glued in place. Even by 1956, when I was ten, some of those corners were loose!
 
According to his Discharge Form WD AGO 53-55:
Date of Induction:  September 7, 1943
Date of Entry into Active Service:  September 28, 1943 at Ft. McPherson, Georgia.
Total Length of Service:  9 months, 23 days of Continental Service, and  1 year, 3 months and 16 days of Foreign Service
He was honorably discharged November 28, 1945 at Camp Cooke, California and his organization at separation was listed as the 3430th Ordnance Maintenance Company. 
I had looked at this form some time ago and had tried to learn more about the 3430th company, but without much luck.  By 2005, I was now retired and began to organize and scan all of our family photos in to my PC, including those in his military album. This was also when I got interested in ancestry and attempted to verify names, dates and relatives.  It was then that I found a couple of letters from  someone in 2003 regarding a reunion for his military unit...the 841st Ord. Depot Co.   So all began to fall into place.  He really was in the 841st from the beginning, and maybe only in the 3430th just those last months in California!
 
One highly valued Military Historian and a great source of helpful information, (Richard V. Horrell)  tells me that the 841st Ordnance Depot Company was activated by the US Military during WW 2.  It was commanded by a Captain Lenard G. Fuller. And the unit's Order of Battle was:

841st Ordnance Depot Company
314th Ordnance Battalion
69th Ordnance Group
Third Army

And now this year when I asked my Dad about the 841st, he remembered even more!  I've now scanned in to my home computer, all of those little photos and even have names for some of the guys.  I've tried to scan and get a higher resolution photo and have done some cleaning for each one. Many were not great originals, but some surprised me as I zoomed in.
So my plan here is to post the photos of him and his unit. And if I can connect with any of the families or even any members that are still living, then perhaps a more accurate website about the 841st can be created.
If anyone finds this site and knows anything about the unit, or was a part of it, or has relatives who were, please contact me below.
Dan Hammond