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I would suggest requesting his IDPFs Individual Deceased Personnel File
The information you seek may be contained in his burial case file (also called the Individual Deceased Personnel File or IDPF). IDPFs for WWII-1976 for service members with surnames beginning with A - L., please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of now, RL-SL has not received the IDPFs of service members with surnames beginning with M - Z. In order to request these records, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405.
Name: John D Griswold Gender: Male Race: White/Mexican (White) Rank: Enlisted Man Admission Age: 20 Birth Date: abt 1923 Birth Place: USA Admission Date: Aug 1943 Admission Place: Sicily Discharge Date: Aug 1943 Military Branch: Infantry (or possibly Quartermaster) Diagnosis: Diagnosis: Wound, penetrating; Location: Back; CausativeAgent: Bullet (other) (code possibly also means bullet, shotgun) Injured in Line of Duty: In line of duty (Battle Casualty) Service Number: 34430209 Name: John D Griswold Race: White Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single) Rank: Private Birth Year: 1920 Citizenship: Citizen Residence: Rutherford, North Carolina Education: 2 years of high school Civil Occupation: Semiskilled occupations in manufacture of textiles, n.e.c. Enlistment Date: 4 Sep 1942 Enlistment Place: Camp Croft, South Carolina Service Number: 34430209 Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Height: 70 Weight: 138
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 39th Infantry Regiment and the 9th Infantry Division during WWII. The 39th was attached to the 9th Infantry Division. We also located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes unit histories and general orders for the 39th Infantry Regiment during the 1940s. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com. We were unable to locate specific records of Company A. Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the regiment.
The information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940-1976 for U.S. Army personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com.
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. 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.
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We suggest that you search the US Army Center of Military History for any additional information and/or resources about the 39th Infantry Regiment and the 9th Infantry Division.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!