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13066663 PFC Ralph W. Elliott
CO A 50th signal BN. WWII Army.
enlistment was 27 AUG.1942
Pennsboro, W. VA.
birth 19 March 1914
Died 9 Jan. 1945
in his IDPF on one page it say the following
Evidence of death rec'd in WD 28 1945
You may find the following information of interest:
This appears to be Ralph's registration card: Page 1 WWII Draft Registration Cards - Fold3
His name and number appear on a Casualty List here: Page 26 WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualty List - Fold3
His Memorial Page can be found here: Ralph W Elliott: person, pictures and information - Fold3.com
His West Virginia Veterans Database File can be found here: West Virginia Memory Project - Veterans Database
His death record registry entry can be found here: West Virginia Vital Research Records - Record Image
Some of the information listed in the West Virginia Veterans Database is from the Pennsboro News. Their online digital archives do not appear to go back to 1945 however you may be able to contact them for back issues here: Pennsboro News Newspaper Archive
Some of the information listed in the West Virginia Veterans Database is from the Fairmont Times. I was unable to obtain information about their archives via an online search, however you may contact them (now named Times West Virginian) here: Contact Us | Site | timeswv.com
Back issues of both the Pennsboro News and the Fairmont Times may be available at the West Virginia State Archives. You can contact them here: WV State Archives Information for Visitors
thank you for the leads, some of them i have seen but others i have not. i was hoping for information on how to get a copy of the investigation into his death. Or who might of conducted it. and once again thank you very much.
If you have the IDPF, you probably have the extent of it.
According to the WWII Army and Army Air Forces Casualty List, he is listed as DNB, which means he died non-battle, army personnel who died in the line-of-duty, from sickness, homicide, suicide, or accidents outside of combat areas. This would include deaths during training and maneuvers outside of combat areas.
The information about how he died might be contained in the following type of record:
Official Military Personnel Files (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. Enclosed is a GSA Standard Form 180 which you should complete and mail to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Or you may apply online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Hope this helps!
thank you for your help i have requested his file but theirs none do to the '73 fire. as i said i would like a copy of the investigation and wonder who might have investigated his death and if there's a copy of the report that i could get it.