RESIDENCE (DURING WWII):
✭ Normandy Campaign (6 June – 24 July 1944), ✭ Northern France Campaign (25 July – 14 September 1944), ✭ Ardennes-Alsace Campaign (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945), ✭ Rhineland Campaign (15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945), ✭ Central Europe Campaign (22 March – 11 May 1945)
🎖Distinguished Service Cross, 🎖Bronze Star Medal, 🎖Purple Heart, 🎖Good Conduct Medal, 🎖American Campaign Medal, 🎖European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, 🎖WWII Victory Medal, 🎖Distinguished Unit Citation
Joseph H. Dew started at Fort Des Moines, then went to Texas for basic training, then to Chanute Air Field, the United States Army Air Service Technical Training Command, 130 miles south of Chicago where he trained to be a Curtiss P-40 mechanic. Then he went to Orlando Army Air Base to maintain P-40s. He had an opportunity to go to Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After graduating as a 90-day wonder, he joined the Tank Corps in Fort Riley, Kansas, and trained with the 9th Armored Division, 19th Tank Battalion. Next stop was training at Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area (DTC-CAMA) in the Mojave Desert at Camp Ibis, near Needles, California. He then traveled to Camp Polk to train with tanks in the swamps of Louisiana, and had his final training in Texas before going to Camp Shanks in New York where he was shipped overseas to England. From there, he joined the 741st Tank Battalion as a platoon leader replacement (the person he replaced was killed in Normandy) about D-Day +6. He stayed with the 741st through France, Germany, and ended in liberating Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.
My dad was the son of a blacksmith in Redfield, Iowa. He loved his family, nature-camping and fishing, and he enjoyed using his mind to invent things. After he graduated from Iowa State using the GI Bill, he moved from Iowa to Flint, Michigan and worked for General Motors and moved up in the company. He received several patents on machines for GM that were used in making cars. I wrote "Joe Dew a Glorious Life" that talks about his life and war experiences in detail.
Elaine Briggs, Daughter
File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)
Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.Source: aad.archives.gov/aad/