3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 24, 2021 5:20 PM by Sabine Gorgas

    Seeking family of Dr David Karp

    Dan Atoms Newbie

      Hello.  This information appears on the WW2 dog tag - Dr. David Karp; P.A. Surgeon; T/4/42; USPHS   O.  I am currently an officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) too and I assume Dr. Karp was a USPHS Surgeon Physicians Assistant or maybe from Pennsylvania.   I can’t tell what type of tag it is but it is oval, about 1 1/4 inch long and has a hole in each end. Trying to find the family. Any help would be appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking family of Dr David Karp
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Atoms,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          His next-of-kin may be listed in his personnel record. Personnel records of Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers are available upon request by completing a GSA SF 180 and mailing it to the Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support, ATTN: Records Officer, 1101 Wooton Parkway, Plaza Level, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20852.


          We suggest contacting the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or by calling the HHS Toll Free Call Center at 1-877-696-6775. Or by contacting the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.


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


          • Re: Seeking family of Dr David Karp
            Sabine Gorgas Scout

            Hello Dan,


            here are the Draft card and links to Dr. David Karp (all from ancestry.com):



            KARP, David , Draft card WWII



            U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010

            David Karp


            Name:David Karp
            Birth Date:22 Sep 1908
            Death Date:28 Oct 1986
            Enlistment Branch:USPH
            Enlistment Date:1 Jan 1943
            Discharge Date:31 Mar 1946
            Page number:1       



            From an orbituary in The Boston Globe, Boston; Wednesday, October 29, 1986; page 54


            Name:David Karp
            Death Age:78
            Birth Date:abt 1908
            Residence Place:Quincy
            Death Date:Abt 1986
            Burial Date:30 Oct
            Obituary Date:29 Oct 1986
            Obituary Place:Boston, Massachusetts, USA

            Susan Stone

            Nancy Karp


            Siblings:Ida Silverman


            I could not read the orbituary in full, but maybe there was more information about grandchildren. Since his death is already 36 years ago you might need to look also for grandchildren.


            Information for the dog tags can be found here:



            Good luck,

            Sabine Gorgas

            • Re: Seeking family of Dr David Karp
              Dan Atoms Newbie

              Thank you all!  I found the son of Dr. Karp by locating Dr. Karp's historical address and looking for his children by name in the area.  I randomly called someone and it was the son.  Dr. Karp was a USPHS Pediatrician from Boston.  He was deployed to Delaware to serve with the Coast Guard during WW2.  After a long and fulfilling career, Dr. Karp died in 1986.  His children are still alive and it was nice to speak with them, verify the family, and return these dog tags to his family.  Thank you all for your help.