1st Infantry Division WWII

I am looking for information on my Father who served in WWII Europe theater 1944-1945 Battle of the Bulge. His records were destroyed in the fire in the 70’s. I think he was in the 1st infantry division. I am trying to see where he was and all his unit information. Any suggestions appreciated. 


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    Your inquiry pertains to your interest in locating records pertaining to the military career of your father, who you believe served with the First U.S. Infantry Division during World War II. We note that you have already been in contact with the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and that the response you received indicates that any records NPRC may have had concerning your father’s service were lost in the fire which occurred there in the 1970s.


    The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has custody of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338).  Military unit files among these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders. These records do not include personnel information such as you have requested. Moreover, we do not have a name index to these records.


    General orders, as referenced above, do include information about the official bestowal of medals on individual service personnel. However, these records are arranged by unit, thereunder by date and thereunder by general order number. We would need this information in order to search our records. If you have a copy of his discharge certificate, this information might be included therein.


    Copies of most of the monthly rosters from 1912-43 and 1947-59 for U.S. Army units (including Army Air Corps) are in the custody of the National Archives in St. Louis, MO. Please contact them for access to these records. The address is the National Archives in St. Louis, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002 and the email address is stl.archives@nara.gov. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-46 were destroyed in accordance with U.S. Army disposition authorities during the early postwar period.


    We invite you to continue the conversation with community members on History Hub, but should you have follow up questions for the staff at Archives II, please email us at archives2reference@nara.gov so that we can assist you further. 

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




    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)


  • Do you have any picture of him in uniform, his discharge papers, or anything like that? You can tell a lot from those things. You might want to check out the book "Finding Your Father's War," as it discusses different strategies for finding out information about relatives in World War II.