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Posted 6 years ago

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I'm honoring today, some of my husband's family members who served in the military in WWII. This is his grandfather and uncle, who both served in the US Army/ Army Air Force. Grandpa Gore was a career officer before the War, and was called to active duty in 1942. Zane joined the Army Air Force sometime after his high school graduation in 1942, I believe it was in 1943. He served in France until after the war, and brought home a German War Bride.
The third photo shows Grandpa Gore leaving for active duty January 17, 1942 , about 6 weeks after Pearl Harbor. On the right is my late mother-in-law, who was about 10 when this photo was taken. Zane was a senior in high school, age 17.

I'd love to know the meaning of the different insignias on the uniforms, if any of you military experts can help, that would be awesome!

Mystery Solved


  1. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    The two men are the same in both photos... in photo 1, Zane (son) is on the left, Lawrence (father is on the right. On the second photo, the order is reversed.
    Thanks for the info. I'm not sure what 'Port of Embarkation' means... is that where the soldiers gathered to go to their destination? (That would make sense, since I believe Grandpa Gore was in San Francisco during much of the War).
    Thanks for all of your information. So, it looks like Grandpa Gore was in the Infantry (it's indeed rifles) before the War.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Photo #1-- the young man is an Army Air Corp Lieutenant (single bar on shoulder). The small propeller and wing on his lapels is also the insignia for an Air Corps officer. The patch is Army Air Corps. His wings look to be for a bombardier-- small bomb in the center circle, but I am not 100% certain.
    The other man is a Captain (double silver bars). His branch insignia MAY be for ordnance-- flaming bomb, but I cannot be certain.

    Photo #3. The man is wearing crossed rifles, the insignia for Infantry.

  3. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    Yes, he WAS a bombadier! I just added a 4th photo. This was taken in France at the end of the War.
  4. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    Thanks so much both of you for all of your help!
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    Love the photo's, thank's for sharing.

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