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If you have not done so already, 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. If there is any information requested on the form that you do not know, you may leave this blank, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. You may attach a memo or letter with additional information to your request, such as the name of his unit. For more information, see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Divisions, ca. 1918 - 1942 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes records of the 6th Division and its subordinate units, such as the 11th Field Artillery (Entry P 1241-6, Boxes 18-19). We also located Records of Field Artillery Regiments Numbers 1 through 351, 1912 - 1930 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units, 1815 - 1970 (Record Group 391) that includes records of the 11th Field Artillery Regiment. For more information about these records please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
We located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that are in the custody of the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) that may include a draft card for him. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact RE-AT via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We also searched online and located the following articles and publications that have information relating to the 11th Field Artillery Regiment and/or the 6th Division.
- 11th FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT
- A Brief History of the 6th Infantry Division
- The Last Ones to Fire: The 11th Field Artillery in World War I
- American Armies and Battlefields in Europe
- Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War, Volume 2 American Expeditionary Forces: Divisions
- Battle Participation of Organizations of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, Belgium and Italy 1917-1918
- Combat Service of Organizations of the United States Army in the World War
- Service of Major Organizations of U.S. Army Outside Continental Limits of the U.S. During the World War
You also may wish to contact the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, The Army Historical Foundation, the U.S. Army Artillery Museum , National World War I Museum and Memorial, and similar institutions.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!