Part of the results of my research are bundled into the timeline documents I have created for the companies of the 46th Armored Medical Battalion (AMB). They can be a great source when you want to understand the stories of the men that served in the medical service of the 4th AD. Here I would like to provide you with a guide on how to read them.
A guide to using the information on this website.
One of the major parts of my research was the creation of the Personnel Database. You can see the the master database I have created in the 4th AD Medical Personnel Roster. This shows you all the information I have collected on all the personnel of the Medical Department personnel of the 4th Armored Division during the entire period of World War Two.
The second part of this project was to filter the men who served in the 4th Armored Division in the ETO (European Theater of Operations), from July 17th 1944 to VE-day.
The final step was to combine this filtered list with the TO&E of all the medical units in the division.
You can see the results of these lists under the Personnel Page here: 4th AD Personnel Units Combat. Or you can see them separated by unit under the Units pages. Here is a guide that help you to read these documents.
In different documents, especially in Company Morning Reports, we often find different numbers connected to the men. First there is there is off course an Army Serial Number identifying a person.
But there is often a second number attached to a name. These numbers, called SSN (Specification Serial Number) are the numerical codes assigned to an MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).
Simply put, these numbered codes describe the job an individual performed in the Army.