Posted By:J Packard
Subject:Robert Packard from Cambridge, WI (1951 - 1953)
Post Date:October 18, 2003 at 13:37:18
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I am looking for those who served with Robert Packard in the U.S. Army between March 5, 1951 through February 16, 1953.

Robert is my father (aka Nick or Bob) and he passed away on August 25, 2003. I recently acquired the many letters he wrote to his parents in Cambridge, Wisconsin while he was in the Army. It appears he wrote his parents every other day and I plan to type them up in the near future for possible publication. I also have many pictures from his Army days that were included in these letters. I will be posting updates with the names of men from his letters once I start transcribing them.

I also have a letter from a man named Cpl. Ernest R. Hedges. I believe he is from Wisconsin since he knew my grandparents (Charles & Margarette Packard), my father's cousin -- Donnie Kenseth from Edgerton, WI, and Geri Packard. He served in Africa according to his letter to my father dated March 21, 1943. Anyone who's related to him and has other letters of his, I'd also like to correspond with. If he's still living, I'd be very interested in obtaining his address.

Good friends that my father stayed in touch with: Arvil (Bud) Byrd and a person who had the last name of SOWA. If you know them, you may have known my father.

He was born and raised in Cambridge, WI and lived his entire life in that community. He went through bootcamp at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; served in Korea and Japan.

I know this is a long posting and do hope to hear from those my father served with. Many thanks for reviewing this!!!!!

Information about the Unit he was in:


Source: Book entitled: "1st Cavalry Division, Korea, June 1950 to January 1952"

Robert Packard was a member of the 27th Ordnance Maintenance Company that served in Korean War. The following is written about the Unit he served in, from the above referenced book.


The insignia of the 27th Ordnance Maintenance Company was devised by surmounting the unit designation, 27 Ord, above the shield of the 1st Cavalry Division. In addition, the insignia of the Ordnance branch of Army Service Forces was mounted in the lower left hand corner of the shield.

Constituded 1 September 1921 in the Regular Army as 27th Ordnance Company (Maintenance) and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.
Activated 20 September 1921 at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Redesignated 27th Ordnance Company (Light Maintenance) 1 July 1929.
Redesignated 27th Ordnance Company (Medium Maintenance) 13 January 1941.
Redesignated 27th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company 2 March 1943.
Redesignated 27th Ordnance Maintenance Company 25 March 1949.

WORLD WAR II - New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Leyte, and Luzon.

27th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company awarded Meritorious Unit Streamer embroidered PACIFIC THEATER. (3 February 1945)
27th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company awarded Meritorious Unit Streamer embroidered PACIFIC THEATER. (8 September 1945)

United Nations Defensive - 27 June to 15 September 1950
United Nations Offensive - 16 September to 2 November 1950
CCF Intervention - 3 November 1950 to 24 January 1951
First United Nations Counteroffensive - 25 January to 21 April 1951
CCF Spring Offensive - 22 April to 8 July 1951
United Nations Summer-Fall Offensive - 9 July to 27 November 1951 (Robert Packard has a mark by this in his book.)
Second Korean Winter - 28 November 1951 to a date to be determined later (Robert Packard has a mark by this in his book.)

27th Ordnance Maintenance Company awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation for period 18 July 1950-28 May 1951.
Source: Selective Service System, Registration Certificate (SSS Form No. 2) was duly registered on 18 Oct 1948. This is to certify that in accordance with the Selective Service Law, Robert (NMN) Packard; Selective Service No. 47 29 30 235; Date of Birth - October 13, 1930; Place of Birth - Oconomowoc Co., Wis.; Color Eyes - Brown; Color Hair - Brown; Height - 5' 9 1/2"; Weight - 140; Other obvious physical characteristics - None. signed-- Janis S. Stammer, Asst. Clerk. Jefferson Co. Local Bd. 29, Selective Service System, 213 South Main Street, Jefferson, Wis., 53549.

Source: Military Card, Armed Forces of the United States, United States Army Org Res Corps issued 16 Feb 1953; expired on 16 Feb 1958 for Robert Packard, Grade -- Cpl, Service Number ER55 121 392, Card Number 1058773. Date of Birth: 13 Oct 1930; Weight: 160; Height: 5'11"; Color Hair: Brown; Color Eyes: Blue; and Bood Type: A.

Source: DD Form 214 for Robert Packard; Honorable Discharge; Service Number - US 55 121 392; Rate and Date of Appointment- CPL(T) 9 Dec 1952; Component and Branch or Class - AUS ORD C; Specialty Number or Symbol - 3913; Related Civilian Occupation - Ordnance Man 4-52.481; Effective Date of Separation - 16 Feb 1953; Type of Separation - Transfer to ERC; Reason and Authority for Separation - Rel to ERC SR 615-363-5 PETS; Place of Separation - Camp Carson Colorado; DOB - 13 Oct 1930; POB - Oconomowoc, WI; Male, Cau; Hair Color - Brown; Color Eyes - Hazel; Height - 5'11"; Weight - 160; Mustered - Yes; Selective Service Number - #47-29-30-235; Selective Service Local Board Number - Board #29, Jefferson, Wisconsin (Jefferson Co.); Inducted - 5 May 1951; Component and Branch or Class - ERC ORD; Component District or Area Command - 5th Army Area; Rate at time of entry into Active Service - Private E-1; Date and Place of Entry into Active Service - 5 March 1951, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Home Address at Time of Entry into Active Service - Route #1, Cambridge, Wisconsin (Jefferson Co.); Decorations, Medals, Badges, Commendations, Citations and Campaign Ribbons Awarded or Authorized - Korean Service Medal W/2 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, and Army Occupational Medal (Japan); Most Significant Duty Assignment - Co A 27th Ord Bn, APO 201, 1st Cav Div; Wounds Received - None; Service Schools or Colleges College Training Courses and/or Post Grad Courses Successfully Completed - The Ord School (01 May 1951 - Lt Arty Rpm.) and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD (13 Sep 1951 - 10 weeks); Remarks: Item 8 DA MBG 384376 AGPO - xd, 22 Dec 1952. Released from active military service and transferred to ERC for 5 years. World War II Vet (NO). Blood Group "A" MOP $300 1st Payment $100 Paid. No time lost under section 6(a) APP 2b MCM 1951; Dates of Last Civilian Employment - 1948 to 1951; Main Civilian Occupation - Painter 7-27.010; Name and Address of Last Employer - Charles Packard, Cambridge, Wisconsin; United States Citizen - Yes; Marital Status - Single; Grammar School - 8 years; High School - 4 years; College - 0 years; Degree(s) - High School; Major Course or Field - Academic.
Source: Letter from U.S. Army to Cpl Robert Packard

1 Feb 57
ALQAG-P 201 - PACKARD, Robert
ER 55121392
SUBJECT: Honorable Discharge Certificate

TO: Cpl Robert Packard
Rt 1
Cambridge, Wis.

1. Forward herewith Certificate of Honorable Discharge covering the most recent period of service as a member of the Army Reserve from 17 Feb 53 to 1 Feb 57 inclusive.

2. Reason for discharge: Convenience of the government in accordance with paragraph 5, AR 135-133 and paragraph 3a, SR 140-177-1.


Assistant Adjutant
Obituary for Robert Packard

CAMBRIDGE - Robert Packard, age 72, of Cambridge, died Monday, August 25, 2003, at his home under the loving care of his family, the spiritual guidance of Pastor Kevin McKenney, Dimitre Dimitrov (caregiver), and the fabulous care of the Rainbow Hospice Staff.

Robert was born in Oconomowoc, WI, October 13, 1930, the son of Charles Packard and Margarette (Ewell) Packard. He graduated from Cambridge H.S. in 1948. He attended Beloit College after H.S. and decided to work for his father in the painting business, Charles Packard and Son Painting. He worked for his father until the late 1980's and bought the business from his father, changing the name of the business from Charles Packard and Son Painting to Packard Painting.

He served in the U.S. Army from March 5, 1951 till February 16, 1953. He was then transferred to the Army Reserve from February 17, 1953 to February 1, 1957. He received the Korean Service Medal W/2 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, and Army Occupational Medal (Japan). He completed his boot camp at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD and his most significant assignment was Co A 27th Ordinance Battalion, APO 201, 1st Calvary Division in Korea during the Korean War.

On April 27, 1957, Robert married Gerry Jean Palmer at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Ferguson, MO. They met on a blind date through mutual friends, Mr. & Mrs. Bud Byrd. She preceeded him in death on May 1, 2002.

Robert was a charter member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cambridge. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, woodworking, watching H.S. sports and the Packers. He loved the Cambridge Community and was highly active in various organizations. He became a member of the Cambridge Foundation in 1948 and later served on the Board of Directors. In 1978, he became a volunteer EMT on the Cambridge EMS. He held various positions during his tenure. He retired in 1992 after 14 years of service and 558 rescue calls.

Surviving are his children, Judy Lynn Packard, Reston, VA; Janet (Barry) Benson, Cambridge; Richard (Judy Ann) Packard, Cambridge; four grandchildren, Alyssa Benson, Palm Harbor, FL; Christopher Benson, Menomonie, WI; Sarah Packard, Sun Prairie, WI; CJ Packard, Cambridge, WI; sister and brother in-law, Margaret Ann (James) Richards, Mounds, IL; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, August 30, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, Cambridge. The Rev. Kevin McKenney will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Ripley Cemetery, Town of Oakland. Friends may call Friday, August 29th, 2003, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at NITARDY FUNERAL HOME, Cambridge and at the Church an hour prior to the service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson, Cambridge EMS, and Cambridge Foundation.