Seeking members of the 98th Infantry Division from WWII

Hi! I am writing to you on behalf of my grandfather, Hank (Henry) Tagtmeyer. He served in the 98th Infantry Division at the end of WWII as a replacement for the original infantry and trained for deployment in Japan. He was one of 15,000 replacements for the Division at the end of the war. He is looking for information on his unit. He is 94 years old and believes those they relieved all had aged out (why they were replacing them), and wondering if he is the sole surviving member of the unit or if there are others who would like to be reunited with them. If you have any available information or can point me in the right direction, all leads would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  • Dear Ms. Sayles,

     

    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

     

    We searched the National Archives Catalog and 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 36 file units of the 98th Infantry Division for the 1940s. We also 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 98th Infantry  Division for WWII. For information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

     

    Since Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities, we suggest requesting morning reports. 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 access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@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 RDT2 & RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

     

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) does not provide services to locate or to determine if any other members of the 98th are still alive. Please review NARA’s Locating Veterans and Service Members web pages for some ideas on how to continue your search.

     

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

     

    1. My dad was in the 389th Infantry Regiment of the 98th Division WWII. I would love to know so much more. There was a man from his division that said my dad saved his life. Oddly, I never tried to get in touch with this man. They did not do combat so I’m not sure what happened. Anyway, I thought I’d share some pictures. My dad passed away Nov. 11, 2000. at 79 years old. Cancer.
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