of Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus Compensation. 18 July 1950
Albert Charlton detailing his service periods
beginning 4 May 1942 through 2 December 1945. although his
stint in the 508th PIR is not listed, his ASN proves he is the same
man who served in Hq 3rd during 1943.
Albert returned to Europe in 1953 although the duration is unknown.
He sailed from Le Havre, France on 15 May 1953 and arrived in NY
City on 19 May.
Note that the home address of R.D.
#1, Glenshaw, PA is the same as that which appears in the Veterans
Compensation Application, above.
Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus application filed
by Albert Charlton.
CERTIFICATE was attached attesting to the validity of the
information. It was signed by Captain John F. Mitchell 114th Signal
Service Co, *Herzo Base.
Base. was the abbreviation for Herzogenaurach, constructed by the
Deutsche Luftwaffe (Air Force), named Deutsche Fliegerschule (German
Seized by the United States Third Army in April 1945, It was
designated as ALG R-29. It was first occupied by a transportation
unit followed by the USAAF 354th Fighter Group in May. In May 1946,
the 2nd Radio Corps took over the installation and renamed it "Herzo
[courtesy of Linda Claxton]
Columbarium marker for Albert Charlton and spouse
in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego (San Diego county),
Albert enlisted in the Army at Pittsburgh, PA.
On 27 October 1943 Pvt Charlton was transferred to
HQ 3rd, 508th PIR.
Pvt Charlton was transferred to the 542nd PIR,
also stationed then at Camp Mackall, NC, on 29 November 1943.
He was probably one of the 1,000 men of the 542nd
sent as replacements to the European Theatre in anticipation of
D-Day, then only months away. It would explain his departure
to the ETO on 12 May 1944 as seen on the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans
He was discharged on 8 December 1945 but
apparently re-enlisted, this time in the newly formed Air Force, at
a later date.