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Looking for Puerto Ricans from Panama Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalions
Posted by: Luis Ramos (ID *****9829) Date: August 30, 2008 at 11:14:33
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I have posted this message on the World War II Forum. I just found this other forum, and I am reposting from that other forum. I hope anyone here can contact me.

I have been researching the units that my father and an uncle served during World War II. These were the 762nd AAA gun Battalion, and the 766th AAA Gun Battalion.

I have a copy of the history of the 762nd AAA Gun Battalion, and a copy of the history of the 891st AAA Gun Battalion. In both histories, it is stated that "continental soldiers will be replaced by drafted Puerto Ricans" and that "the antiaircraft defense of the Panama Canal will be left to drafted Puerto Ricans." This change did not happen completely, as in those AAA battalions that were left in Panama after 1943, a certain number of "continentals" to use the words the histories use had to stay to train and serve as cadre for those Puerto Ricans serving in those units.

The following battalions were established from regiments when the pre-1943 regiments were broken up, and another resource available from the Institute of Military History states the battalions below were to receive drafted Puerto Ricans to replace American soldiers serving in them:

761st AAA Gun Battalion
762nd AAA Gun Battalion (formed from 1st Battalion, 72nd CA (AA) regiment; 1st Battalion, 82nd CA (AA) regiment; and 1st Battalion, 88th CA (AA) regiment)
763rd AAA Gun Battalion
764th AAA Gun Battalion
765th AAA Gun Battalion (formed from 1st Battalion, 73rd CA (AA) regiment)
766th AAA Gun Battalion
767th AAA Gun Battalion
891st AAA Gun Battalion (formed from 1st Battalion, 615th CA (AA))

901st AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion
902nd AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion
903rd AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion
906th AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion

342nd AAA Searchlight Battalion
343rd AAA Searchlight Battalion
345th AAA Searchlight Battalion
346th AAA Searchlight Battalion

I would like any person reading this message and recognizing a relative serving in any of those battalions, please contact me...

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