1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 13, 2020 2:21 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking military service records of Leo J. Lofft

    Patrick Lofft Newbie

      I seek corroborating information and evidentiary documentation regarding the military service of my uncle, Leo J. Lofft who was born in May 1889 and died on 08 Dec 1951

       

      In the book, History of Buffalo AND Erie County 1914-1919, page 563 lists Lofft, Leo J.—1st-class Pvt., 133rd Ambulance Co. Pub. by Committee of One Hundred, Finley H. Greene, chairman, under authority of the city of Buffalo, July 4, 1919.

       

      Alternatively: Lofft, Leo J Headstone Applications for Military Veterans lists 309th Ambulance Co., 303rd Sanitary Train, 78th Division

      Source Information: Ancestry.com. United States, Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

      Original Data: Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941. Microfilm Publication M1916, 134 rolls. ARC ID: 596118. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group 92. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

       

      Reply from: State Historical Society of Iowa

      Even though the copy of the Application for Headstone or Marker that you enclosed indicates that he was not buried in Iowa but in Ohio, we did double check the State of Iowa Veterans' Grave Registration records but did not, of course, locate a record for Leo J. Lofft.

       

      Leo was born in MAY 1889 in Illinois, USA. As stated on Census 1900, U.S. New York, Erie Co., Buffalo, population schedule, Microfilm Publication T623_1026.  Washington D. C.: National Archives.

      Leo J. Lofft was enumerated on the 1910 Federal Census of Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, in the household of Mary Ann Angela O'NEILL.

      Leo J. Lofft was enumerated on the 1920 Federal Census of Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, in the household of Mary Ann Angela O'NEILL.

      He and Vivian R. (w/Leo J. LOFFT) appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of East Cleveland City, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, at 14410 Scotia Street, enumerated April 8, 1930.

        • Re: Seeking military service records of Leo J. Lofft
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Lofft,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes lists/rosters of servicemen in the 109th Sanitary Train, 34th Division (in Box 21) but were unable to locate a Leo Lofft on any of the lists. The 133rd Ambulance Company was attached to the 109th. We also searched for the records of the 309th Ambulance Company, 303rd Sanitary Train, 78th Division (in box 35) but the Division filed its medical unit records in a separate series titled Records of Medical Units and Offices of Infantry Divisions, 1917 -1919 also in Record Group 120. We searched through the files for the 309th and 303rd (in boxes 3853-3856) in this series but were unable to locate a Leo Lofft in any of the orders, returns, promotion lists, etc.

           

          To clarify what unit he served in, 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 1958 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. 

           

          Once you know the unit, we suggest that you request copies of the monthly rosters. Most monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 for U.S. Army units are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, MO. For access to these records, please write to the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RL-SL, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757 or via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

           

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