Guest Post – Technical and Ground Force Coordination by GPCox

As I’ve always said – it takes an Army to keep one combat soldier on the front.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

I’m pleased to present this Guest Post from gpcox addressing how the Technical and Ground Forces all worked together to create success in their endeavors, which ultimately won the war. Without cooperation between all seven departments, nothing could have been accomplished.

As readers of my blog, are aware, my father, Everett “Smitty” Smith was a sharpshooter trained as a paratrooper and gliderman with the 11th Airborne Division in WWII, this put him in the Ground Force.  But, neither he nor the rest of the soldiers would have gotten very far without the Technical services as each department of the Army worked to support the other.  Should one fail in the chain, a devastating domino effect might hinder or stop the rest.

The Technical Services of the Army Service Force during WWII was comprised of seven departments: The Corps of Engineers, The Signal Corps, Ordnance Dept., Quartermaster Corps…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 15, 2018, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Very informative, GP. You make Smitty proud – of that I have no doubt!

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  2. Thank you for sharing!!

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  3. It’s interesting to learn about how the technical and ground forces worked together. It takes a team.

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  4. Many many unsung heroes worked behind the battlefield.
    And often in front of it.

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    • When I first researched and wrote this article, I learned just how many people did not know all that went on behind the scenes – and even I didn’t come close to explaining so many other departments.

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  5. This is a rarely-written article, GP. Not to say those in the background are ignored, just not applauded. Thanks for this!

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  6. Great info as always, GP. I left a comment on Judy’s blog.

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  7. My dad was with B Company 511 PIR from its formation. His admiration for our intelligence
    in the Philippines was very high. On specific missions he was always amazed at it’s accuracy. He felt that they didn’t get the recognition they deserved.

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  8. I left my comment on the link, GP. Great stuff!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. Fantastic read, Sir! I did not realized all those brothers were so advanced in their respective field(s) of service! Wow! Thank you for sharing!

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