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Records of Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific (World War II)


(Record Group 495)
1941-46

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Table of Contents

  • 495.1 Administrative History
  • 495.2 Records of Headquarters, United States Forces in Australia (HQ USFIA) 1941-42
  • 495.3 Records of Headquarters, United States Army Services of Supply (HQ USASOS) 1942-46
  • 495.4 Records of Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific (HQ USAFWESPAC) 1941-46

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495.1 Administrative History

Successor Agency: Headquarters, Philippines-Ryukyus Command.

Related Records:
Records of United States Army Commands, 1942 - , RG 338.
Records of U.S. Army Overseas Operations and Commands, 1898-1942, RG 395.
Records of U.S. Army Forces in the Middle Pacific (World War II), RG 494.
Records of General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area and United States Army Forces, Pacific (World War II), RG 496.
Records of General Headquarters, Far East Command, Supreme Commander Allied Powers, and United Nations Command, RG 554.

History: Headquarters, Task Force-South Pacific (HQ TFSP), established at sea by General Order 1, HQ TFSP, December 12, 1941. Upon arrival of the convoy in Brisbane, Australia, HQ TFSP was abolished by redesignation as Headquarters, United States Forces in Australia (HQ USFIA), effective December 22, 1941, by General Order 4, HQ TFSP, December 19, 1941. Following move from Brisbane to Melbourne, HQ USFIA was abolished by redesignation as Headquarters, United States Army Forces in Australia (HQ USAFIA), by General Order 1, HQ USAFIA, January 5, 1942. HQ USAFIA was abolished by General Order 17, GHQ SWPA, July 20, 1942, with functions transferred to newly established Headquarters, United States Army Services of Supply (HQ USASOS). HQ USASOS was abolished, effective June 7, 1945, by General Order 3, Headquarters, United States Army Forces in the Pacific, June 1, 1945, with functions transferred to Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific (HQ USAFWESPAC), established by same order. HQ USAFWESPAC) was abolished, effective January 1, 1947, by General Order 272, HQ USAFWESPAC, December 31, 1946, with functions transferred to newly established Philippines-Ryukyus Command, a major command of newly established Far East Command (FEC); confirmed by General Order 2, General Headquarters, FEC, January 1, 1947.

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495.2 Records of Headquarters, United States Forces in Australia (HQ USFIA)
1941-42

Textual Records: General and special orders and other issuances, 1941-42, including special orders of the Liaison Officer, 1942.

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495.3 Records of Headquarters, United States Army Services of Supply (HQ USASOS)
1942-46

Textual Records: Records of the Commanding General, 1943-45. General records maintained by the Adjutant General Section, 1942- 45, including central correspondence, messages, reports, issuances, and organization manuals. Records of general and special staff sections, 1942-46.

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495.4 Records of Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific (HQ USAFWESPAC)
1941-46

Textual Records: General records maintained by the Adjutant General Section, 1942-45, including central correspondence, issuances, planning files, and organization manuals. Records, 1941-46 (bulk 1942-46), of the following special staff sections: Chemical, Engineer, Information and Education, Medical, Ordnance, Philippine Army, Provost Marshal, Quartermaster, Signal, Special Services, and Transportation.

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Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.


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