Seeking info on my great uncle

My grandfather Roy Woodrow Klay served under Nimitz, his brother Floyd Herman Klay died over Paris on his 25th bombing mission as a navigator. Our family knows quite a bit about their service due to my grandfather. However his other brother Waldo Edward Klay is more of an enigma. We know he was in the Army and in the Pacific theatre and came back very broken and lived most of the rest of his life in a VA hospital.  Would love to know anything about his unit or whatever is available post fire.  Thanks so much! Klay 

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    We recommend requesting the Official Military Personnel File for Waldo Edward Klay.  Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center 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. You may apply online for this file at  
    We were able to locate a Waldo E. Klay in the Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records), located on NARA's Access to Archival Databases (AAD) website.  The enlistment record states that he is from Monroe County, Ohio, and enlisted as a private in 1941.  If this is your relative, the information on the enlistment records may assist you with your search and with your application for Waldo Edward Kay's OMPF.
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