|TABLE OF CONTENTS|
|Services of Supply||Base and Advanced Sections|
|Base Section No. 1|
|Base Section No. 2|
|Base Section No. 3|
|Advance Section No. 1|
|Advance Section No. 2|
|Advance Section No. 3|
|Advance Section No. 4|
|Services of Supply, China Theater||Area Commands & Base Sections|
|Yunnanyi Area Command|
|Kunming Area Command|
|Chanyi Area Command|
|Kweiyang Area Command|
|Base Section No. 5|
|Chengtu Area Command|
|Paoshan Area Command|
|Other SOS Components||Services of Supply, Ramgarh Training Area|
|Eastern Section, SOS, CBI|
|Construction Service, SOS, CBI, and IBT|
|American Delhi Military Area Command|
|Other Supply Depots|
SERVICES OF SUPPLY, CHINA, BURMA AND INDIA (SOS USAF CBI)
AND SUCCESSOR COMMAND,
SERVICES OF SUPPLY, INDIA, BURMA. THEATER (SOS USF IBT)
Source: "Order of Battle of the United States Army Ground Forces in World War II", Office of the Chief of Military History, 1959
The activation of Services of Supply in China, Burma and India (SOS CBI) was authorized by the War Department on 28 February 1942. The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (Provisional), SOS USAF CBI, was activated as a subordinate command of USAF CBI at Karachi, India, 23 April 1942, and on the same date the commanding general and his staff were announced.
The mission of the Commanding General, SOS CBI, as directed by the War Department, was to take necessary action required to push equipment and supplies through to General Stilwell; to assume all supply and administrative functions in India necessary to the successful functioning of his command; and to investigate and report upon special supply requirements, supplies locally procurable, special supply difficulties, and the availability of storage space.
SOS USAF CBI mission was set forth again on 17 April 1942 by General Stilwell when he directed the Commanding General, SOS, to operate the SOS from base ports in India forward, to include railheads, riverheads, and an airline terminal in Assam; supply all U.S. ground forces in this theater of operations and the U.S. Air Forces to the extent requested by the commanding general of American Air Forces in India; and to receive, warehouse, assemble and transport Chinese lend-lease and other government supplies.
Headquarters, SOS USAF CBI, moved from Karachi to New Delhi on 26 May 1942 and on 27 May 1942 it was divided geographically into Base Sections Nos. 1, 2, and 3 and Advance Sections Nos. 1 and 2. On 22 June 1942 it was reorganized geographically into Base Sections Nos. 1 and 2 and Advance Sections Nos. 1, 2, and 3. Base Section No. 3 was organized on 10 December 1942, and Advance Section No. 4 was established 20 March 1943. (For the history of base sections and advance sections, see the listing at the end of this record of events.)
On 10 April 1943 SOS USAF CBI was redesignated Army Service Forces, China, Burma, India (ASF CBI) and on 4 June 1943 ASF CBI was redesignated SOS USAF CBI.
When the CBI Theater of Operations was abolished on 24 October and the China Theater (CT) and the India, Burma Theater (TBT) were established as separate commands, SOS consisted of two base sections, one intermediate section and two advance sections. SOS CBI was not redesignatoi at this time, and Advance Section No. 1 of SOS CBI continued to function virtually independent of SOS CBI as an SOS for CT.
SOS CBI was redesignated SOS IBT on 2 November 44 and Advance Section No. 1 was redesignated SOS CT on 10 November 1944 (See R/E for SOS CT.)
Effective 21 May 1945, SOS IBT was discontinued and all functions and responsibility of Commanding General, SOS IBT, were assumed by Commanding General USF IBT. On the same date, base, intermediate, and advance sections of SOS IBT, were redesignated base, intermediate, and advance sections of USF IBT and became subordinate commands of USF IBT.
28 Feb 42: SOS USAF CBI authorized by War Dept.
23 Apr 42: Hq SOS CBI act Karachi, India, as a subordinate comd of USAF CBI.
26 May 42: Hq SOS CBI moved from Karachi, India, to New Delhi, India.
27 May 42: SOS CBI org geographically into Base Secs Nos. 1, 2, and 3 and Adv Secs Nos. 1 and 2. (See R/E for Base and Adv Secs.)
22 June 42: Adv Sec No. 3 org Kunming, China, (see R/E for Adv Sec No. 3.)
15 Aug 42: Hq SOS, Ramgarh Training Center, Cp Ramgarh, Bihar, India, placed under direct contl of Hq SOS CBI.
1 Sep 42: Procurement Sec established as special staff sec of SOS CBI.
26 Nov 42: Eastern Sec, SOS CBI, established and asgd SOS CBI. (See R/E for Eastern Sec.)
20 Mar 43: Adv Sec No. 4 established Kweilin, China. (See R/E for Adv Sec No. 4.)
6 Apr 43: Trans Sec established as special staff sec of SOS CBI.
10 Apr 43: SOS CBI redesig ASF CBI.
4 Jun 43: ASF CBI redesig SOS CBI.
2 Nov 43: American Barge Lines, SOS CBI, constituted vic Calcutta, India, under supervision and direction of Chief of Trans, SOS CBI, and asgd SOS CBI. (Date of disbandment unknown.)
17 Dec 43: An Admin Sv established in Hq SOS CBI to direct, contl and co-ordinate activities of G-l and G-2, JAG, AG, Finance Officer, Special Svs Officer, Chaplain, Provost Marshal, Hq Comdt, Army Exchange Service, and Public Relations Officer.
1 Jan 44: Trans Sv, SOS CBI, established New Delhi as a subordinate comd of SOS CBI.
15 Jan 44: Construction Sv, SOS CBI act as a subordinate comd of SOS CBI.
1 Feb 44: Gen staff secs of Hq CBI redesig as Admin and Opns Secs. Functions of G-l and G-2 assumed by Off of Chief of Admin and functions of G-3 and G-4 by Off of Chief of Opns.
1 Apr 44: China Lend-Lease Sec established as special staff sec of SOS CBI and responsible through Asst Chief of Opns and CofS for handling of lend-lease supplies.
1 May 44: China Lend-Lease Sec ceased to function as special staff sec and was incorporated into Procurement Sec.
13 Jun 44: Repl Sv, SOS CBI, established New Delhi as subordinate comd of SOS CBI to train and assign repls in CBI Theater.
13 Jun 44: Burma Road Engrs formed as sec of CT&CC with its own T/O and atchd to SOS CBI.
15 Jun 44: American Delhi Mil Area Comd (ADMAC) established as subordinate comd of SOS CBI. (See R/E for ADMAC.)
30 Jun 44: CO of Adv Sec No. 1 (Kunming) desig Deputy to CG SOS CBI in all matters pertaining to SOS functions in China. He was authorized to make decisions for OG SOS in supply matters in China and to report directly to Fwd Ech USAF CBI at Chungking.
11 Aug 44: Admin and Opns Sees of Hq SOS CBI reorg as follows: Asst Chief of Opns redesig Deputy CofS for Opns; Asst Chief of Admin redesig Asst CofS for Admin G-l; Asst Chief of Opns for Trps redesig Asst CofS for Trps, G-3; Asst Chief of Opns for Supply redesig Asst CofS for Supply, G-4.
22 Aug 44: Office of Chief Theater Surgeon (USAF CBI) and Off of Surgeon, SOS CBI, consolidated. Surgeon, SOS CBI, desig Deputy Theater Surgeon but continued to function as directed by CG SOS CBI.
Sep 44: SOS CBI directed by Hq USAF CBI to assume responsibility for the supply of Y and Z Forces (Chinese trps).
2 Sep 44: Trans Sv, SOS CBI, responsibility for trans in China vested in Adv Sec No, 1.
1 Nov 44: All gen and branch depots, and subdepots, formerly under secs, made directly responsible to Hq SOS CBI.
2 Nov 44: SOS CBI redesig SOS IBT.
19 Nov 44: Chief of Fiscal Sec SOS appointed Theater Fiscal Director, and supervision of all fiscal and finance opns in theater charged to CG SOS IBT.
Dec 44 - Feb 45: Special staff secs of SOS IBT and the theater hq amalgamated. Theater-wide primary responsibility for staff activities had been divided between the two hq. For example, SOS IBT had theater-wide responsibility for engineering activities and theater hq had theater-wide responsibility for public relations activities. But in each case the opposite hq also had a corresponding staff sec to perform limited functions of that staff activity; theater hq had an Engineering Sec and SOS IBT had a Public Relations. Amalgamation ultimately eliminated the extra staff sec. Thus the Theater Public Relations Officer became in addition to his other duties the Public Relations Officer for SOS IBT while the SOS Engr acted in addition to his other duties as Engr for theater headquarters.
11 Jan 45: SOS Eng Construction Sv combined with Theater Engr Off.
Jan 45: SOS Provost Marshal became Theater Deputy Provost Marshall.
7 Feb 45: IBT Sig Officer appointed SOS Sig Officer.
26 Feb45: Repl Sv reld f r SOS USF IBT and asgd as subordinate comd to Hq USF IBT.
14 Mar 45: China Lend-Lease Sec re-established in Hq SOS IBT.
23 Apr 45: Information and Education Sec IBT transferred to Hq SOS IBT.
21 May 45: Hq SOS IBT discontinued.
Commander: Brig Gen Raymond A Wheeler, 28 Feb 42; Maj Gen Raymond A Wheeler (Promotion), 11 Mar 42; Brig Gen William E R Covell, 15 Nov 43; Maj Gen William E R Covell (Promotion), 29 Nov 43; Brig Gen John A Warden, 18 Dec 44; Maj Gen William E R Covell, 10 Feb 45
Assigned To: USAF CBI, 23 Apr 42; USF IBT, 2 Nov 44
Channels of Requisition and Supply (Excerpt from USAF CBI memo, 14 Apr 44)
Base and Advanced Sections
Initially, base and advance section commanders were responsible for all engineer construction in their sections and for the handling of supplies for China, India, and Burma. They controlled transportation, depots, ports of debarkation, hospitals, supply, and maintenance, and operating units that were assigned to their sections. However, from time to time certain construction jobs, areas, depots, and other installations within the geographical limits of a section were exempted from the control of a section commander and placed directly under control of Headquarters, SOS.
Changes were made in the boundaries of these sections as well as in missions when construction or supply conditions demanded a simplification of administration.
Base Section No. 1
27 May 42: Base Sec No. 1 org with hq Karachi, India, and asgd SOS USAF CBI.
18 Jul 42: Gen Depot No. 1 established Karachi under comd of CO Base Sec No. 1.
15 May 45: Base Sec No. 1 discontinued.
Commander: Col Paul F Yount, 27 May 42; Col Lewis P Jordan, 5 Oct 42; Col Fabius H Kohloss, 6 Nov 42; Col L P Jordan, 18 Nov 42; Col Robert E Coughlin, 10 Jan 43; Col Thomas H Rees, Jr., 11 May 43; Brig Gen John A Warden, 23 Jan 44
68th General Depot (Base General Depot No. 1 - Karachi)
Base Section No. 2
27 May 42: Establishment of Base Sec No. 2 with hq Bangalore, Mysore, India, authorized. (No pers asg, however, and it is assumed it did not actually function.)
22 Jun 42: Base Sec No. 2 established Calcutta, India.
21 Dec 42: Gen Depot No. 2 established Calcutta under comd of CO Base Sec No. 2.
15 May 45: Base Sec No. 2 redesig Base Sec SOS IBT.
21 May 45: Base Sec SOS IBT redesig Base Sec IBT.
Commander: Lt Col Edwin M Sutherland, 22 Jun 42; Lt Col Thomas B Harper, 2 Dec 42; Lt Col John P Johnson, 30 Mar 43; Col Thomas G M Oliphant, 8 May 43; Brig Gen John A Warden, 17 May 43; Maj Gen Gilbert X Cheves, 23 Jan 43; Col Robert R Neyland, Jr., 13 Nov 44
69th General Depot (Base General Depot No. 2 - Calcutta)
Base Section No. 3
27 May 42: Base Sec No. 3 org Calcutta, India. (Base Sec No. 3 did not actually function at Calcutta because of Japanese threats to the ports.)
2 Jun 42: Base Sec No. 3 discontinued and its area included in Base Sec No. 2.
10 Dec 42: Base Sec No. 3 established Ledo, Assam, and asgd SOS CBI.
23 Aug 44: Base Sec No. 3 redesig Adv Sec No. 3 (See R/E for Adv Sec No. 3.)
Commander: Lt Col Edwin M Sutherland, 27 May 42; Col John S Arrowsmith, 10 Dec 42; Brig Gen John S Arrowsmith (Promotion), 25 Jun 43; Col Lewis A Pick, 17 Oct 43
Advance Section No. 1
27 May 42: Adv Sec No. 1 org Agra, India, and asgd SOS CBI.
5 Mar 43: Hq Adv Sec No. 1 opened Gaya, India.
11 Mar 43: Intermediate Depot, Farah (Ordnance and Chemical Warfare Service (CWS) Depot), org Farah, India, under contl of Adv Sec 1.
15 Sep 43: Adv Gen Depot No. 1 act Gaya, India, and placed under contl of Adv Sec No. 1.
26 Dec 43: Adv Sec No. 1 inact Gaya.
1 Feb 44: Adv Sec No. 1 established Kunming, China.
10 Nov 44: Adv Sec No. 1 redesig Services of Supply, China Theater (SOS CT). (See R/E for SOS CT.)
Commander: Maj Henry C Wilcox, 27 May 42; Maj James P Woodson, 7 Jul 42; Maj William O Schrader, 17 Aug 42; Col Thomas H Rees, Jr, 1 Sep 42; Col Richard W Hocker, 18 May 43; Capt Walter L Sheppard, Jr, 24 - 26 Dec 43; Col Lewis P Jordan, 1 Feb 44; Col Robert R Neyland, Jr, 28 Jun 44
Advance Section No. 2
27 May 42: Adv Sec No. 2 established Dibrugarh, India.
3 Jul 42: Adv Gen Depot No. 2 established under comd of Adv Sec No. 2.
17 Aug 42: Hq Adv Sec No. 2 moved to Chabua, Assam, India.
23 Aug 44: Adv Sec No. 2 redesig Intermediate Sec No. 2 (INTERSEC No. 2).
15 May 45: INTERSEC No. 2 redesig Intermediate Sec (INTERSEC) SOS IBT.
21 May 45: INTERSEC SOS IBT redesig INTERSEC IBT.
Commander: Maj Henry A Byroade, 27 May 42; Col Robert E Coughlin, 8 May 43; Brig Gen Joseph A Cranston, 31 Jan - Oct 44; (Subsequent commanders unknown)
Advance Section No. 3
11 Jun 42: Hq Adv Sec No. 3 authorized.
22 Jun 42: Hq Adv Sec No. 3 org Kunming, China.
25 Jan 43: Adv Gen Depot No. 3 asgd Adv Sec No. 3.
31 Jan 44: Adv Sec No. 3 inact.
23 Aug 44: Adv Sec No. 3 redesig fr Base Sec No. 3.
15 May 44: Adv Sec No. 3 redesig Adv Sec SOS IBT.
21 May 45: Adv Sec SOS IBT redesig Adv Sec IBT.
Commander: Capt Charles F B Price, Jr, 22 Jun 42; Col Lewis P Jordan, l5 Mar 43; Maj Gen Lewis A Pick, -unknown; Col Walter E Lorence, 24 Apr 45; Brig Gen Paul F Yount, 16 May 45
Advance Section No. 4
20 Mar 43: Adv Sec No. 4 established with hq Kweilin, China.
16 Jul 43: Adv Gen Depot No. 4 act Kweilin under comd of Adv Sec No. 4.
31 Jan 44: Adv Sec No. 4 inact.
Commander: Maj Charles F B Price, Jr, 20 Mar 43; Lt Col Henry A Byroade, 1 Aug 43
Services Of Supply, China Theater (SOS CT)
SOS CT was redesignated from Advance Section No. 1, SOS IBT, on 10 November 1944 with headquarters at Kunming, China. Initially the SOS CT mission was generally the same as that of Advance Section No. 1: responsibility for supply of American personnel in the China Theater (except for supplies peculiar to the Air Forces), engineering projects, transportation, medical service, communications, and other SOS activities.
On 1 December l944 the SOS CT mission was amplified by Headquarters, USF CT, when it directed SOS to be responsible for handling all types of supplies (except those peculiar to the Air Forces) for U.S. troops in China, for Chinese Training and Combat Command forces and Chinese Tactical Air Forces. It was further directed to receive and issue supplies and equipment to Chinese ministries and to maintain records and reports pertaining to lend-lease supplies. Subsequent changes in the mission of Headquarters, SOS, were made as the situation and territorial responsibility demanded.
In order to fulfill responsibilities and to promulgate functions of SOS CT, the Chanyi, Kweiyang, Chengtu, and Yunnanyi Area Commands were established on 12 December 1944 and the Paoshan Area Command on 26 December 1944. The Kunming Military Area Command was established on 24 November 1944.
On 15 April 1945 most of these area commands were redesignated base sections. (See record of events for Area Commands and Base Sections.) Some of the headquarters of the base sections were relocated from time to time.
10 Nov 44: SOS CT redesig from Adv Sec No. 1, SOS CBI, with hq at Kunming, China.
10 Nov 44: Burma Road Engrs, asgd CT&CC, atchd SOS CT.
24 Nov 44: American Kunming SOS Mil Area Comd established. (See R/E for Kunming Mil Area Comd.)
12 Dec 44: Chanyi, Kewiyang, Chengtu, and Yunnanyi Area Comds established. (See R/Es for these comds.)
26 Dec 44: Paoshan Area Comd established. (See R/E for Paoshan Area Comd.)
9 Feb 45: CG SOS CT appointed comdr of Chinese SOS (Chinese SOS, act by the Chinese at Kunming, was modeled after the SOS CT).
15 Apr 45: SOS CT area of responsibility, known as the Communications Zone, was divided into six base sections. (See introduction to Area Comds and Base Secs, SOS CT).
4 May 45: SOS CT received from Hq USF CT a directive stating that SOS primary responsibility was to support U.S. forces in China and Chinese forces within 30 Div Plan (See R/Es for Y-FOS and Z-FOS). Its secondary mission was to support, advise, assist, and guide Chinese SOS.
4 Jun 45: Communications Zone (CZ) orgn established 15 Apr 45, was abolished and reorg into five base sees. (See introduction to Area Comds and Base Secs.)
8 Jul 45: CZ orgn of 4 Jun 45 abolished and reorg.
15 Jul 45: CT Repl Sv org Kunming and asgd to SOS CT.
Commander: Maj Gen Gilbert X Cheves, 12 Nov 44 *; Maj Gen Henry S. Aurand, 25 May 45
(* GO 3, USF CT, 10 November 1944, announced General Cheves as commander effective 10 November 1944; however, GO 1, SOS CT, 12 November 1944, shows that he assumed command 12 November 1944.)
Assigned to: USF CT, 10 Nov 44
Area Commands and Base Sections
SOS CT area commands were established as subordinate commands of USF CT, 12 December 1944. Each area command comprised the territory within a ten-mile radius of the city in which the area command headquarters was established. The area commands were charged with the operation of installations and the enforcement of all directives issued by Headquarters, USF CT, with respect to the conduct and discipline within its area.
On 15 April 1945 the term area command was abolished and the CZ (SOS CT area of responsibility) was divided into Base Sections Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, with headquarters at Yunnanyi, Kunming, Chanyi, Kweiyang, and Chihchiang respectively, and Base Section No. 6, with headquarters as selected by 315th Service Group, AAF (Chengtu). The Yunnanyi Area Command (established 12 December 1944) was redesignated Base Section No. 1; Kunming Military Area Command (established 24 November 1944) was redesignated Base Section No. 2; Chanyi Area Command (established 12 December 1944) redesignated Base Section No. 3; Kweiyang Area Command (established 12 December l944) redesignated Base Section No. 4; Chengtu Area Command redesignated Base Section No. 6; and the Paoshan Area Command was disbanded. On 4 June and 8 July 1945 the locations of several base section headquarters were changed again. (See individual base section R/Es.)
Yunnanyi Area Command (Base Section No. l)
12 Dec 44: Yunnanyi Area Comd established with hq at Yunnanyi, China, and asgd SOS CT.
16 Feb 45: Intermediate Gen Depot No. 1 asgd Yunnanyi Area Comd.
15 Apr 45: Yunnanyi Area Comd redesig Base Sec No. 1.
4 Jun 45: Base Sec No. 1 located at Kunming. Base Sec No. 1 divided into Dists A, B, and C with hq at Kunming, Yunnanyi, and Kaiyuan, respectively. Each dist operated directly under Hq SOS CT. It is assumed that Hq Base Sec No. 1 was discontinued.
Commander: Capt Jack B Reid, 12 Dec 44; Maj Robert L Bullock *, -unknown
(* Prior or subsequent commanders, if any, are unknown.)
Kunming Area Command (Base Section No. 2)
24 Nov 44: American Kunming Mil Area Comd established with hq at Kunming, China and asgd SOS CT.
16 Feb 45: Base Gen Depot No. 1 asgd Kunming Area Comd. Adv Gen Depot No. 3 asgd Kunming Area Comd.
13 Apr 45: Kunming Area Comd redesig Base Sec No. 2.
4 Jun 45: Hq Base Sec No. 2 located at Chanyi, China.
8 Jul 45: Hq Base Sec No. 2 located at Nanning, China.
9 Jul 45: Base Gen Depot No. 2 (Nanning) act and asgd Base Sec No. 2.
Commander: Col Ralph Owenby * (date unknown)
(* Prior or subsequent commanders, if any, are unknown.)
Chanyi Area Command (Base Section No. 3)
12 Dec 44: Chanyi Area Comd established with hq at Chanyi, China, and asgd SOS CT.
16 Feb 45: Intermediate Gen Depot No. 2 asgd Chanyi Area Comd.
15 Apr 45: Chanyi Area Comd redesig Base Sec No. 3.
4 Jun 45: Hq Base Sec No. 3 located at Kweiyang, China.
Commander: Maj Maurice C O'Herin, 12 Dec 44; Lt Col Walter R Mungovan *, -unknown
(* Prior or subsequent commanders, if any, are unknown.)
Kweiyang Area Command (Base Section No. 4)
12 Dec 44: Kweiyang Area Comd established with hq at Kweiyang, China, and asgd SOS CT.
16 Feb 45: Adv Gen Depot No. 2 asgd Kweiyang Area Comd.
15 Apr 45: Kweiyang Area Comd redesig Base Sec No. 4.
4 Jun 45: Base Sec No. 4 located at Chihchiang, China.
Commander: Maj John H. Sharp, 12 Dec 44 *
(* Subsequent commanders, if any, are unknown.)
Base Section No. 5
13 Apr 45: Base Sec No. 5 established at Chihchiang, China, and asgd SOS CT.
7 May 45: Base Gen Depot No. 5 asgd Base Sec No. 5.
4 Jun 45: Hq Base Sec No. 5 located at Chengtu, China.
8 Jul 45: Hq Base Sec No. 5 located at Hsinching, China.
Chengtu Area Command (Base Section No. 6)
12 Dec 44: Chengtu Area Comd established with hq at Chengtu, China, and assd SOS CT.
15 Apr 45: Chengtu Area Comd redesig Base Sec No. 6, and placed under opnl contl of 315th Sv Gp, AAF.
4 Jun 45: Base Sec No. 6 disbanded.
(* It is assumed that the Chengtu Area Command vas redesignated Base Section No. 6. Although GO 31 left the location of Headquarter Base Section No. 6 to the discretion of 315th Service Group, AAF, a map showing the boundaries of Base Section and the location of their headquarters shows Headquarters Base Sec No. 6 at Chengtu. If Chengtu was the headquarter of Base Section No. 6, then under the provisions of GO 31, SOS CT, 15 April 1945, Headquarter Chengtu Area Command was automatically redesignated Base Section 6.)
Commander: Maj Chester A Lee, 12 Dec 44; Maj Fred Lasley *, -unknown
(* Prior or subsequent commanders, if any, are unknown.)
Paoshan Area Command
26 Dec 44: Paoshan Area Comd established with hq at Paoshan, China, and asgd SOS CT.
16 Feb 45: Adv Gen Depot No. 1 asgd Paoshan Area Comd.
16 Apr 45: Paoshan Area Comd deact.
Commander: Col Everett M Graves *, -unknown
(* Prior or subsequent commanders, if any, are unknown.)
Services of Supply, Ramgarh Training Area *
15 Aug 42: Headquarters, SOS, Ramgarh Training Area, Camp Ramgarh, Bihar, India, (formerly under Base Section No. 2), was placed under direct control of Headquarters, SOS CBI. Headquarters SOS, RTA, Camp Ramgarh, was responsible for making all administrative arrangements in connection with housing, supply, signal communications, sanitation, and operation of medical services for RTA in addition to supplying and equipping the Chinese forces at Ramgarh. It had no authority over training or tactical operation of the Chinese troops. The senior officer of SOS became the post commander, his functions similar to those of the commanding general of a corps area service command in the United States.
11 Mar 44: All SOS installations and units at RTA, Cp Ramgarh, Bihar, India, placed under direct contl of Base Sec No. 2, SOS USAF CBI.
Commander: Col W H Holcombe, 15 Aug 42; Lt Col W A Fuller, 22 Dec 42 - 11 May 44
(* It is assumed that the terms "center" and "area" were used interchangeably.)
Eastern Section, SOS, CBI
Eastern Section, SOS was est 26 Nov 42 to receive, store, and issue stocks of Chinese Defense Supplies, Inc. (a Chinese purchasing and supply organization in the U.S.) that were scheduled for the Y-Force. The Eastern Section was without any territorial significance and usually operated from a base at Kunming. It functioned somewhat like a G-4 Sec and performed liaison between the American and Chinese SOS in supplying the Y-Force. Another function of the Eastern Section was planning for the rehabilitation of the Ledo Road.
23 Jun 43: Eastern Sec SOS CBI was transferred into G-4 Sec of Y-FOS.
Commander: Col Fabius H Kohloss, 26 Nov 42
Construction Service, SOS, CBI, and IBT
The service was est 15 January 1944 at NewDelhi, India, and operated under command of the Chief of Engineers, SOS, CBI.
15 Jan 44: Engr Div No. 1 asgd Construction Sv; Engr Dist No. 9 asgd Construction Sv.
1 Feb 44: Engr Div No. 2 asgd Construction Sv.
15 Jan 45: Engr Dist No. 12 asgd Construction Sv. Construction Sv. SOS IBT (hq of which had functioned as Engr Special Staff Sec) reorg. Effect of reorgn was transition of Construction Sv from a comd to a sp staff sec called Engr Sec and Construction Sv.
Commander: Col (Later Brig Gen) Thomas F Farrell, 15 Jan 44
American Delhi Military Area Command (ADMAC)
15 Jun 44: American Delhi Mil Area Comd (ADMAC) established with hg at New Delhi, India, under responsibility of CG SOS CBI. The purpose of this orgn was to provide a post hq with jurisdiction over U.S. Army activities within Delhi Province.
21 May 45: ADMAC SOS USF IBT became ADMAC Hq USF IBT, a subordinate comd of Hq USF IBT.
Commander: Lt Col Mason H Lucas (later Col), 15 Jun 44; Col D C Eberson, 23 Nov 44; Col S C Hilton, 19 Apr 45; Maj A T McHugh, 11 Aug 45
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