The 84th Division roster notes that T/5 Blaine E. Ruffner of Morris, Tennessee was a member of the Medical Detachment, 335th Infantry. He was with the 84th during the Rhineland and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) campaigns and was awarded a Purple Heart Medal for wounds in action..
As he met your great great grandmother in May he could not, as you noted, have been with the 84th at that time as we were then training at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Lacking information about his earlier service, we can only speculate based on the roster. Many replacements came into the division during operations in the Siegfried line in November and early December 1944, during the Ardennes campaign through January 1945 and again back in the Siegfried Line in Germany after that.
Yeah, he could have been at D-Day as a Medic or in some other position. But there is no way to determine this without having his individual personnel record. Unfortunately, about 80% of these were destroyed in a fire at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility at St. Louis in 1973. If you have not so you might request his record in case his was among the 20% that were saved. Go to: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html
As to his service with the 84th, Given the rank of Tec. 5 he most likely would have been a medic assigned to the Medical Detachment for administrative purposes. As such he could have been assigned at various times to any one of the 335th infantry companies or related units. That would be a difficult, if not impossible, nut to crack without his overall service record.
I hope this helps a little.
PS: I have great memories of the UK during our brief time there in the fall of 1944, later when I was at Shrivenham American University near Swindon in the summer of 1945, and through subsequent visits over the years. I have fond memories of a fetching young woman in Edinburgh whom I knew during that summer in the UK. We didn’t marry so I lost track of her as time passed. You can find a photo album about that, and other things, on my Facebook author site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allan-Wilford-Howerton-World-War-II-Era-veteran-and-author-Alexandria-VA/211396115557
As to the brother in Kentucky, I grew up there during the 1930s and ‘40s and that story is the subject of my latest book, “Baptists, Bibles, and Bourbon in the Barn.” Small world coincidences.
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