I am looking for info on my grandfather, Frank V Kaspar, DOB 2/26/1896, DOD 6/18/1970. He was a Pvt, Co D, 106 Inf Div in WW1. I would like to know when and where he served (France?), and when and where he was wounded.

I am looking for info on my grandfather, Frank V Kaspar, DOB 2/26/1896, DOD 6/18/1970. He was a Pvt, Co D, 106 Inf Div in WW1. I would like to know when and where he served (France?), and when and where he was wounded.

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    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    Initially, we would recommend that you request a copy of Mr. Dueppe’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for soldiers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1960 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 next of kin of deceased veterans also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

    Unfortunately, the 106th Infantry Division was not created until World War II, therefore we believe your grandfather was likely assigned to the 106th Infantry Regiment. The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has custody of World War I era unit records within the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) series entry Records of Divisions, ca. 1918 - 1942 (P 1241) which holds records of infantry regiments attached to divisions. Additionally, within Record Group 391 U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units, 1815 - 1970 we have the series Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1/1/1916 - 12/31/1921 (NM93 2133) which may also have records of interest. Finally, within the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952 (RG 165), we have a series entry Records Relating to the History of the War Department, 1918 - 1941 (NM84 310) which holds records related to Infantry Regiments. For more information about these non-digitized records, and to request a search please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RR2R) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

    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 assists you with your research! 

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