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Dear Ms. Buscemi,
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The information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940- 1976 for personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com.
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA’s National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA’s National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002.
Also, you may wish to request a copy of his Selective Service record. Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and born before 1960 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757. There are two types of records: ledgers and cards. The ledgers are in the public domain and not restricted by privacy. The cards are considered personal information and written permission for release, a death certificate, and/or an indication that the information is requested for genealogical purposes should accompany the request for copies of the cards. Please complete Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records.
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I appreciate your help. It appears my uncle’s records were destroyed in the fire of 1973.
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HI Michelle, sorry if this is something you already know, but be sure you requested your uncle's Individual Deceased Personnel File (sometimes called a burial case file) in addition to his service records. I'm not certain if the IDPFs were destroyed to the same extent as service records; I've been successful in requesting a number of IDPFs.
Also I was able to find what appeared to be a high school newsletter (the Voice, from 1942) at https://dspace.sunyconnect.suny.edu/bitstream/handle/1951/65717/1942-12.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y. that that had the following information about your uncle:
Buscemi, Blasco Pvt. , A.S .N. 32572537 Co. H, Armor~d Luft Regt . 11, Armored Div., A.P.O. #261, CamCl Polk, La.
I'm not familiar with the abbreviations (someone else on this forum might be able to help), but it includes his service number (ASN) and unit in 1942, probably around the time of his enlistment (which was 6 Nov 1942). So if he stayed in that unit, likely I would think for an armored regiment, you could try to find where his unit might have been at the time of his death.Hope this is of some help. joan
Thank you so very much! This is very helpful. I really appreciate your help with this information.
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HI Michelle, a bit more information that may confuse things. I found a roster for the 36th Infantry Division that lists a Buscumi, Blasco J, Pfc, as being in the 141st Infantry, Company D (of the 36th Infantry Division) and KIA. The address for this soldier is listed as 1084 Abbott Blvd, Palisade NJ in the roster. The link for the roster is http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/36th-infantry-division-roster-wwii/ . He is listed in Part 1 of the roster files, page 28 (first column). Slightly different spelling of the name though. I searched the 36th Infantry division because a Blasco J. Buscemi was listed as being awarded the Silver Star while in the 36th Infantry Division (under GO 23, 1945 HQ 36th Infantry Division; at https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/59888 ). Hope this makes some sense to you. joan
That's not a high school. It is from the New York State School of Agriculture, now known as the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill.
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Dear Ms. Buscemi,
Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub!
If you already requested a copy of his OMPF from NPRC and were informed that the file was destroyed, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002.
The Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) that Ms. Penn and Ms. Stachnik referenced were not in St. Louis at the time of the 1973 Fire. IDPFs are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL).
RL-SL also has morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959, most of the unit monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 (Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-46 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities), and World War II Selective Service Card and Classification Ledgers. For more information about accessing these records, please contact RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Selective Service registration cards for 41 states have been made available online through Fold3 and Ancestry, to include a registration card for Blasco Buscemi. There may be a fee for this service, or you can access Fold3 for free at any NARA location, to include presidential libraries. Also, some public and university libraries make Fold3 available to their patrons.
World War II Army Enlistment Records are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) and are available via AAD (Access to Archival Databases) on the National Archives website. We searched the database and located an entry for Blasco J. Buscemi, ASN 32572537.
The principal World War II Army casualty list, World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing (Washington: War Department, 1946) is arranged alphabetically by state and thereunder by county. Each state booklet includes a foreword describing how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation by counties and by types of casualties. Each entry includes the decedent's name, serial number, rank, and type of casualty. The towns within the counties and the dates and places where the casualties occurred are not mentioned. World War II Army casualty lists are available online through the National Archives Website at https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties
The document that Ms. Stachnick found indicates that by December 1942, Pvt. Buscemi was assigned to Company H, 55th Armored Infantry Regiment, 11th Armored Division in Ft. Polk, Louisiana. The Army Post Office (APO) number 261 was used by the 11th Armored according to this list of APO addresses. “Armored Luft Regt” appears to be a mistranscription of “Armored Inf. Regt.” During the early part of World War II, American armored divisions had a single armored infantry regiment. The the 55th Armored Infantry was the regiment assigned to the 11th Armored Division, until it was broken up in 1943.
However, at the time of his death, PFC Blasco Buscemi was assigned to D Company, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. We searched the Military Times’ Wall of Valor Project and located an entry for Blasco J. Buscemi citing Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (1945).
We then searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) and located the general order in file 336-1.13 General Orders 1-236 36th Infantry Division (1945) [Box 8435]. We are attaching a courtesy copy of the relevant portions at the end of our reply. This series also includes other records of the 11th Armored Division and the 36th Infantry Division. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
The morning reports and rosters at St. Louis may help you determine when Blasco Buscemi transferred from one division to another.
We also searched online for websites, books and other histories of the 11th Armored Division, the 36th Infantry Division, the 55th Armored Infantry Regiment, and the 141st Infantry Regiment. Just a few of the examples we found include the following:
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!