The 509th Composite Group

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:50 pm 
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My father joined the US Army with a "Restriction" due to an injury to his left arm while serving with the CCCs.

He had training as a precision machinist and he was actually used by the Army in a training film. He was a native of New York City. He was very proud to have served with the 509th Composite Group.

Dad's name was Aldino "Al" J. Tandoi. He spoke about being in Wendover and the work that he did there.

Dad passed away in 1999. He was the only son born to his parents. He was also the first natural-born US citizen in his family. His parents were very proud of that fact, too. His father, Giuseppe, was a wood carver and performed some work for the restorations done at the White House under President Kennedy. I still have my grandfather's Citizenship Certificate. I have retained all of the family records and they include my father's discharge papers from the US Army.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:49 pm 
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Hello:
My dad, Pvt. John W. Latham (nickname J.W.) served at Wendover in 1945 in the 216th BU (Special) as an electrician in the SOD. Due to a fire in 1947 we have few records. I did find a few photos a year ago with the names of his pals written on the back. I checked and your dad's name is not on any of them. Before she died in 2006, mother told us that he was based at Los Alamos and traveled between there and Wendover. Perhaps our dads crossed paths at some time. I found his discharge paper at the court house in our home town and it does not show where he was stationed or what he did. Is your dad's equally blank? Thank you sor sharing your story. Mary Gould


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Sorry, I forgot to add that dad died in 1999 (same year as yours). He said he swore an oath not to talk about what he did in the war, so we knew nothing until the last month of his life when he told us that the security was insane. Everyone had a color coded badge and if anyone was caught in a place the color of the badge did not match they were "locked up". He also said that he wired up the bomb. I would love to hear more about your dad's experience at Wendover, if that is at all possible.


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