2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 23, 2021 9:02 AM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking military records of Daniel Davis

    George Young Newbie

      Daniel R Davis was the adopted son of my great uncle and was in the 60th Infantry Regiment, Company C during WWII.  A monument to him is in our family cemetery.  His DOB was 6/20/1925. I am looking for any information about his service.  The monument says he was KIA on 3/16/45 in Germany. He was 19 years old when he was killed. So close to the end of the war. Always wondered how he died.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Daniel Davis
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Here is some information below along with information pertaining to hospital records. These are very limited in nature and are not necessarily the whole file it information.


          Information you are seeking will be found in what's called an IDPFs also known as Individual Deceased Personnel Files.


          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), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.



          Name:Dannel R Davis
          Race:White, includes Mexican (White)
          Rank:Enlisted Man
          Admission Age:19
          Birth Date:abt 1925
          Admission Date:Oct 1944
          Discharge Date:Dec 1944
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Diagnosis:FirstLocation: Leg; CausativeAgent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified
          Type of Injury:Casualty, battle
          Medical Treatment:Penicillin therapy (treatment with penicillin)
          Injured in Line of Duty:In line of duty
          Type of Discharge:Duty
          Length of service:1 Year(s), 0 Month(s)
          Service Number:34845259


          Name:Dannel R Davis
          Rank:Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student)
          Admission Age:20
          Birth Date:abt 1925
          Admission Date:Mar 1945
          Admission Place:European Area
          Discharge Date:Mar 1945
          Discharge Place:Not in Medical Installation Prior to Death
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Diagnosis:Diagnosis: Killed in action; Location: Unknown, code not applicable; CausativeAgent: None or Unknown
          Type of Injury:InjuryType: Battle casualty; InjuryType2: All battle casualties, and all battle injuries not intentionally inflicted by self or another person
          Service Number:34845259
          Notes:Cases reported by AGO only, except death in German or Japanese prison (Officially Declared Dead or Unmatched Reports of Death)




          Name:Dannel R Davis
          Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
          Birth Year:1925
          Nativity State or Country:South Carolina
          Residence:Georgetown, South Carolina
          Education:Grammar school
          Civil Occupation:Farm hands, general farms
          Enlistment Date:2 Oct 1943
          Enlistment Place:Fort Jackson Columbia, South Carolina
          Service Number:34845259
          Branch:No branch assignment
          Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
          Source:Civil Life



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          • Re: Seeking military records of Daniel Davis
            Robert Crumley Scout

            Dear Mr. Young,


            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 officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 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.


            You may also wish to request a copy of 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 stl.archives@nara.gov.


            And finally, 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 60th Infantry Regiment during WWII. Though these records typically do not provide information on individuals, they do offer insight into the activities of the unit as a whole. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL and RDT2. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. 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!