737th Railway Battalion and Walter S. Fleming

I have very little on the 737th - does anyone know more about this unit ?

Scott writes ...

My father served in the army in WW2, as a medic, stationed in the Philippines.  He died in 1970 when I was very young, and we don't know much about his military service.  I requested his records from the government and was told a fire destroyed those records sometime in the early 1970's.

I did find a copy of his "Record of burial place of a veteran", and it lists his dates of service and organization.  The dates of service were 3-15-44 through 4-14-46, and the organization is 737 RR Bn.

I cannot find any record of a 737th Railroad Battalion.  Do you have any idea what 737 RR Bn would mean?
Scott Fleming:  fleming4 [ at] gmail.com

3 comments:

Terrance Seal said...

Scott,
I don't have any idea how old this post is, but I too am trying to find some information on the 737th Railway Operating Battalion. I just found out that my grandfather was in this unit, and died in Apr of 45, and is buried in Manila.

Anonymous said...

Terrance

What I know about a unit I post to the blog.

You can contact me directly cunningb2@gmail.com

thanks Nancy

Terrance Seal said...

I have a little more information on the 737th ROB. It was activated at Ft. Warren, WY, on 30 Sep 1944. It then departed the U.S. on 14 Feb 45 for the Philippines. It made a stop in New Guinea, on 8 March 45. It arrived in the Philippines on 26 March 45. After duty in the Philippines, it was then moved to Korea. It was de-activated in Korea on 10 Apr 46.

In another report, it is mentioned as conducting railway operations on the island of Luzon, simultaneously with the 749th ROB. The 749th activation and deployment dates are almost identical to the 737th. I am going to assume that the experiences recorded in the 749th's blog are going to be very similar to that of the 737th. I'm still working on more information and am in contact with a historian from Ft. Lee, VA who specializes in transportation corps history. The information I provided above is from Shelby Stanton’s 1984 publication on the order of battle for WWII.