12 Replies Latest reply on Nov 24, 2020 11:45 AM by Thomas Richardson

    Seeking meaning of  "Bullet, Missile Not Stated" on Hospital Admission Card

    Lowell Silverman Adventurer

      I'm researching a soldier from my town.  The digitized U.S. WWII Hospital Admission Card Files are quite useful, but I want to make sure I am interpreting them correctly.  His wound in this card was caused by "Bullet, Missile Not Stated".  Is it safe to say he suffered either a gunshot wound or was hit by an unidentified projectile?  It seems clear that "missile" in the context of 1944 would be the older meaning of a projectile in general, rather than the modern sense of a guided self-propelled projectile.  Thanks.


        • Re: Seeking meaning of  "Bullet, Missile Not Stated" on Hospital Admission Card
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          He is buried overseas see information below. Might want to also look into obtain his IDPFs file for further research. Also additionally looking into 7th Infantry Regiment records.


          Name:John Frame
          Rank:Private First Class
          Residence Place:Delaware
          Service Number:32076682
          Military Branch:U.S. Army
          War:World War II
          Cemetery:Epinal American Cemetery
          Burial Place:Epinal, France



          Name:John Frame
          Race:White, includes Mexican (White)
          Rank:Enlisted Man
          Admission Age:29
          Birth Date:abt 1915
          Admission Date:Sep 1944
          Discharge Date:Oct 1944
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Diagnosis:FirstLocation: Shoulder; SecondLocation: Back, generally; ; CausativeAgent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified
          Type of Injury:Casualty, battle
          Medical Treatment:Removal of foreign bodies from extremity
          Injured in Line of Duty:In line of duty
          Type of Discharge:Duty
          Length of service:1 Year(s), 6 Month(s)
          Service Number:32076682



          Hope this helps,


          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking meaning of  "Bullet, Missile Not Stated" on Hospital Admission Card
            joan stachnik Tracker

            Lowell, that would be my interpretation. Bullet or possibly shrapnel from a grenade or shell. joan

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            • Re: Seeking meaning of  "Bullet, Missile Not Stated" on Hospital Admission Card
              Thomas Richardson Navigator

              Dear Mr. Silverman,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              ‘Bullet, Missile Not Stated’ on the WWII Hospital Admission Card may refer to any weapon that fires projectiles and causes damage. This can include, but is not limited to artillery shells, mortars, grenades, anti-aircraft projectiles, rockets, rifles, and automatic weapons. With the number of wounds that were inflicted, there is a possibility that one or more of the wounds could not be positively identified as either a bullet or flak.


              More information 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). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


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

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