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#1 traver24

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:33 PM

In the past I have done quite a bit of research on my great-uncle who was killed in France in 1945. Recently, I read a book about US involvement in World War I, and the author cited extensive records he obtained on individual casualties, etc from the US Quartermaster General. I was wondering if similar records exist for those killed in World War II from this source? Does the Quartermaster General have records of interest for those doing World War II genealogy? Thanks for any help.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:48 AM

I don't know if this will help, but here's a link to the QM General's records at the National Archives. It might be worth looking through the site. The guide section on the left side of the page might be useful in research. Records of the office of the Quartermaster General [OQMG]

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:42 AM

In the past I have done quite a bit of research on my great-uncle who was killed in France in 1945. Recently, I read a book about US involvement in World War I, and the author cited extensive records he obtained on individual casualties, etc from the US Quartermaster General. I was wondering if similar records exist for those killed in World War II from this source? Does the Quartermaster General have records of interest for those doing World War II genealogy? Thanks for any help.


Do you have the IDPF for your great-uncle?


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Posted 12 May 2011 - 10:26 AM

Yes, I have his IDPF file, and I checked the website for the National Archives. There is a long list of information the Quartermaster General can provide bit I didn't know how much it pertains to individuals.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 02:00 PM

The Quarter Master is responsible for the disposition of remains of service members who were killed/ died overseas, "Graves Registration" and "Mortuary Affairs" all fall under the Quartermaster Branch of Service. They are also the ones who establish and maintain the American Cemeteries abroad.

Kind of a sad indictment when a service member transitions from 'Personnel' to 'Cargo' or 'Donnage'

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:11 PM

Yes, I have his IDPF file, and I checked the website for the National Archives. There is a long list of information the Quartermaster General can provide bit I didn't know how much it pertains to individuals.


I think it is very unlikely that these QM records contain much if any info. on individual soldiers.


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