6 Replies Latest reply on May 31, 2019 4:40 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking where a soldier was killed, WWII


      How can I find where a soldier was killed in WWII? His name was Thomas Tracey DOB 1924. KIA

        • Re: Seeking where a soldier was killed, WWII
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Do you happen to have any additional information unit, or branch of service or place of birth.





          Elliot Schneider

          • Re: Seeking where a soldier was killed, WWII
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Keating,


            Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!

            The information you seek may be contained in his burial case file (later called the Individual Deceased Personnel File or IDPF). Burial case files from 1915-1976 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RL-SL, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Please contact them regarding access to these records. Their email address is stl.archives@nara.gov. You can also request his Official Military Personnel File using the procedures outlined here.

            Once you are able to identify which unit he was assigned to at the time of his death, you can request his unit records from the National Archives at College Park. The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2) has custody of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338). Military unit files among these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders. While the unit records are unlikely to include detailed narratives about individual casualties they can sometimes provide information about the general location and activities of the unit as a whole at the time of his death. To access these records contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

            We also searched the website of the American Battle Monuments Commission and located information about a soldier by the name of Thomas B. Tracey buried in the Normandy American Cemetery. Without further information we can not know if this is the same soldier you are researching. While the page does not state where he died, it states that he was a member of the 397th Anti Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion and that he died on June 6, 1944. On this date the 397th landed on Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day invasion.


            We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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