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Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by jasen, May 14, 2019.

  1. jasen

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    Hello everyone,

    I am hoping someone can please help me. I’m doing some research on my wife’s great grand father who was KIA during WWII. I was able to locate a death roster with his name on It and need some help figuring out what the info mean. I have attached a photo of it and highlighted his name which is Byron W Carr.

    I know column 3 is his rank, column 4 is his service number but what do all of the other numbers mean? Any help would be greatly appreciated
     

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    US or British or ...?
     
  3. jasen

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    United States.
     
  4. RichTO90

    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    7400 is the code for Minnesota (74) and County (00 = unknown). S SG was his rank, staff sergeant. 37325593 was his Army serial number. The next 1 I believe his the coding for his cause of death, in this case KIA. I don't recall what the other codes indicate. His Headstone Application is on Fold3, which indicates he was KIA 6 March 1945, while serving with Company H, 414th Infantry, 104th ID. Unfortunately, his enlistment record is one of the missing series at NARA. Since he was KIA you should be able to obtain his IDPF.

    How to obtain an Individual Deceased Personnel File?
    1. Submit requests via email to: usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.foia@mail.mil
    2. Or by mail to:
    Department of the Army
    US Army Human Resources Command
    ATTN: AHRC-FOIA
    1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 107
    Fort Knox KY 40122
    Your request should be concise and informative in order to aid the search.

    Dear Staff:

    Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby make a request for the IDPF for my below listed family member who died or was killed-in-action while serving in the military during World War II.

    Soldier’s Name:
    Branch of Military:
    Military Service Number:
    Division:
    Date of Birth:
    Date of Death:
    Burial site in U.S.A.:
    Buried:
    Relationship to deceased:

    Please be advised that I will be responsible for any costs incurred for photocopies over the allowed limit of free photocopies.

    My contact information is: Add name, address, and email.

    Very truly yours,
    Jane Doe
     
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  5. RichTO90

    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    BTW, his DOB was 31 July 1918. His burial application was for Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea, Minnesota. His enlistment date was 23 November 1942. It is also noted that his death was verified by an AGO (The Adjutant General's Office) Death report dated 29 March 1945 and by his 293 File (now known as a DD Form 293, Application for Correction of Military Records).
     
  6. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    He was likely KIA in Cologne (or Köln), Germany. The 104th ID entered Cologne on 5 Mar 1945.
     
  7. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Here is the headstone application
    Fold3_Page_1(1).jpg

    Here is the stone
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    Neither of these really answers your question, but it's good to have a visual.
     
  8. jasen

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    RichTO90: Thank you so much for all of that info.
     

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