2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 12, 2021 11:39 AM by Carey Stumm

    Seeking any information on my grandfather William D. Sommers Jr.

    Christina sommers Newbie

      I am trying to do family geneology wall regarding the generations of military in my family plus legacy. I am seeking any and all information if possible regarding my grandfather. All I know is that my grandfather served 40 years in the army. When retired his rank was of a Lt. Col. Within the JAG dept. I know he served during WWIi. I am also aware that during WWIi, he was stationed in various bases throughout Europe. My grandfather has been deceased since 08/1977 and is buried alongside both his 1st and 2nd wife @ Fort Sheridan in Chicago Illinois. Before my own father died I was only able to get little info on my grandpa. I do not know what decision of JAG that he was with. I am seeking all specific military information. Thus in the future,the new generations within my family can be aware of how important my grandpa was & all tht entailed with his duty. 

        • Re: Seeking any information on my grandfather William D. Sommers Jr.
          Zachary Dabbs Adventurer

          Good morning Christina Sommers,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          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 before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195 OR view the record by visiting the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis, MO. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

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

           

          • Re: Seeking any information on my grandfather William D. Sommers Jr.
            Carey Stumm Adventurer

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            Have you requested his Official Military Personnel Files from the National Personnel Records Center? Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC has been closed and only completing emergency requests. As of March 8, 2021, the NPRC entered into a phased expansion of our onsite workforce. They are continuing to increase their on-site staffing and are servicing requests associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. For that reason you want to refrain from submitting non-emergency requests until they return to pre-COVID staffing levels. You can check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.

             

            In the meantime, I would suggest doing some research on Ancestry and Family Search. NARA has partnered with these groups to help digitize and make available quite a few of the WWII records. Family Search does not require a subscription and can be accessed with a free account. Ancestry does require a subscription, but many public libraries offer free access with your library card. We looked up William D. Sommers Jr. on Ancestry and found quite a few listings. While these searches can take some time, you should be able to find quite a few records on him.

             

            Once you’re able to narrow down some details about his service you can do some additional digging through the National Archives record groups that contain things like operation reports, medical records, military academy, morning reports, and rosters. There’s a finding aid here that lists what WWII records are available.

             

            We hope this information helps you get started with your research. Best of luck!