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Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by Kyle_and, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Kyle_and

    Kyle_and New Member

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    I'm in search of information on my great uncle who was killed in action fighting in France.

    Raymond Christian Andersen - possibly misspelled as Anderson
    Born in 1915 in Lakeville, Minnesota
    Started at Camp Polk, Louisiana and the shipped overseas
    Was killed in France, but I don't know what year
    Supposedly buried in Belgium

    If anyone knows or served with him, I would love to have more information

    Thanks!
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    I think Natman & I are on to the same guy. I found the following at www.abmc.gov/search/wwii.php


    Raymond C. Anderson, CPL

    ASN 37096247

    23rd Engineer Bn., 3rd Armored Division

    Entered Svc: Minnesota

    Died: 13-Aug-44

    Buried at: Plot C Row 12 Grave 10
    Brittany American Cemetery
    St. James, France

    Awards: Purple Heart
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    According to the 3rd Armored Division Association website, he is listed as DOW, which means he Died of Wounds received.

    Again, this is a very common name and there is a spelling discrepancy, so we could have the wrong fellow. More digging will need to be done. Do you know where he was when he entered the service? I checked the casualty listings for Dakota, Ramsey and Hennepin Counties and did not find him listed.
     
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    Thank you all.

    To answer some questions, I believe he started training in Camp/Fort Polk, Louisiana before going overseas. I know he died in France. I don't know much more than that, unfortunately.
     
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    Thanks Dave. I will check that out.

    I am 95% certain this is my uncle. Although his name is really Andersen, I'm sure it was somehow misspelled as Anderson (which happens quite a bit). Other details such as where he's from are accurate. I cross-referenced another listing for him that was for his home county and state.
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    I was going to suggest you request his IDPF, but I see Dave beat me to it. :grumble:

    If you are that certain that he is your uncle, you should definitely request it. You will very likely get more info than you would expect. It will probably contain correspondence with the next of kin regarding the disposition of his remains. Unlike the OMPF (Official Military Personnel File) records, the IDPF records were not affected by the 1973 fire.

    I hope you will keep us updated on your progress.
     
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    Thanks. My fingers are crossed I'm on the right trail. He's the only Raymond C. Anderson I found that was from Minnesota and died in 1944
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    I found lots of mentions online, but they all seem to be using either www.abmc.gov or the 3rd AD Association website info. You mentioned in an earlier post that you cross referenced a listing for "his home county and state". What county was that?
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    You guys seem to have it nailed. I looked around, and what you discovered seems to be right on.
     
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    Tommy, you continue to impress me with your ability to find things.
     
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    Update - I have confirmed my uncles service number and will be requesting is IDPF soon.
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Just to forewarn you, it may take a few months to receive it. However, you should get a confirmation from them when your request has been received. I received my confirmation within about a week or so, and the IDPF took 4 months.
     
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    UPDATE - I just got an email saying my IDPF request was received, but may take up to 48 weeks to get the info. Dang, I hope it doesn't take nearly that long.
     
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    One of our Forum members just had one that took well over a year. I'm not sure if it is budget cuts, increased requests, or a little of both. This is the unfortunate side of archival research. It can take a lot of time sometimes.
     
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    Another update. What could have been up to 48 weeks turned into a few days. Yes, I got the link to download the IDPF. I will open it tonight and see what awaits.
     
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    Amazing. Be sure to let us know what you learn.
     

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