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Individual Deceased Personnel File

Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by kerrd5, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. mcoffee

    mcoffee Son-of-a-Gun(ner) Patron  

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    I sent a request last November for an IDPF involving an active investigation we were communicating with DPMO/JPAC about, as well as the Past Conflicts Repatriation folks. I received the standard reply within a few days and received the IDPF in a couple of weeks - but only because they had pulled and scanned it for their own use in the investigation. I sent a subsequent request for IDPFs not related to that investigation in December and haven't received even an acknowledgement of receipt.
     
  2. Victor Gomez

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    It is pleasing to me to see Clementine and others work so hard at searching for the stories of our veterans who have served so that they may not be forgotten and that their sacrifices will be appreciated for all of time.
     
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    I made a request for an IDPF in JAN 2013 and received an acknowledgement email about a month later. It wasn't until NOV that I was emailed with instructions and a one time only password for downloading the file. I made another request in DEC 2013 and have never gotten any acknowledgement at all. I sent a polite message JUN 10th asking if my request had been received and so far no reply to that either. I think I'm doing my best to be patient, but it is nonsense to get no response at all from them.
     
  4. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow Patron  

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    Well, at least I'm not alone in this. I can understand if they are swamped with requests or have insufficient staff or both. However, there is such a thing as auto-reply with emails. Ah, well. I suppose I'll have to presume they did receive my request an hope for the best.
     
  5. sllily

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    I'm looking for any info on my great uncle, Henry J. Tischler. He was in Company H of the 180 Infantry Regiment, and was KIA September 8, 1944 in France. His service # is 37477293.
     
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    Just a quick note on the WWII I.D.P.F.'s: The WWII I.D.P.F.’s for men with last names A-L are no longer at Fort Knox. These records have been transferred to the National Archives and can be accessed much faster than before. The WWII I.D.P.F.’s for men with last names A-L were previously being examined by an agency tasked with locating the remains of missing Army and Air Corps veterans. Now that their work is completed, the WWII I.D.P.F.’s have been transferred to the National Archives and are now accessible to the public without the frustrating year-long wait. I recommend using a reputable research company to access your veteran’s WWII I.D.P.F. since you will be able to get your veteran’s I.D.P.F. within days rather than months, and you will also be able to have digital scans of the original paperwork in the I.D.P.F. (rather than photocopies you will received from the archives). If you are interested in viewing examples of WWII I.D.P.F.’s to gain a better idea of what kinds of paperwork are commonly found in the file you can view a number of examples here: http://www.goldenarrowresearch.com/order-an-individual-deceased-personnel-file.php

    Take care,
    Geoff
     
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    I'm not sure how I missed your post 9 months ago, but better late than never. You may want to download the history of the 180th Infantry Regiment from the Bangor Library website. It should tell you where Company H (or at least the 2nd Battalion) was and what they were doing on 8 Sep 1944. Most regimental histories have a listing of those killed during the war, so his name will likely appear there at the very least.
     
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    Thank you for the update, Geoff. As someone who has suffered through a couple of those "year-long waits", that's good news. It's also good for folks to know that there is a faster option than the National Archives for acquiring these files. I looked through a couple of the examples on your website and they are very similar to what I have received via the NARA in terms of content. Both are readable, but your scans are better in quality to be sure. Although, I'm sure for many the significantly shorter delivery time will be worth the very reasonable fee.

    By the way, Geoff, feel free to add a link to your website in the signature line of your posts.
     

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