Serial number S/Sgt Henry A. Van Dornick

I'm conducting a historical research on S/Sgt Henry A. Van Dornick, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was KIA on July 10, 1994 in Normandy, France. 

I've some trouble decoding his serial number. On his Report of Death (IDPF) his serial number is: 7032466, but the Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File shows the serial number: 07032466. 

When I'm correct, the number '7' in his serial number indicates that he enlisted or was drafted in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wyoming. Strange in my opinion, because Henry A. Van Dornick was from Brown County, Wisconsin.

Any information on this soldier is more than welcome.

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    We searched the National Archives (NARA) Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file related Van Dornick, Henry A. (ASN 07032466). This file lists his residence as Oconto County in Wisconsin. You may click on the individual field titles in the database entry to learn more about the codes used for each category. You may also wish to review the World War II Army Enlistment Records FAQs, as well as the National Archives Catalog entry for the World War II Army Enlistment Records. Please note that the letter “O” and the numeral “0” were typically used at the beginning of a service number to indicate that the individual was an officer. That may be the reason some records include it and others do not; it may also have been left off some records in error.

    If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which should be in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Air Force 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

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    Archival OMPFs may also be requested by visiting the Archival Research Room at the National Archives at St. Louis. Please see the linked web pages for more information. Please email stlarr.archives@nara.gov for further assistance prior to making an appointment. 

    We also located a Headstone Inscription and Interment Record for Henry A. Van Dornick (7032466) (see image 653) in the series Headstone Inscription and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942–1949 in the Records of the American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) (Record Group 117). This is the same information that would have been used by the AMBC on their web page commemorating Henry A. Van Dornick | American Battle Monuments Commission.

    Van Dornick’s initial burial is also recorded on page 13 of the file "Report No. 96: July 30, 1944" in the series General Correspondence Relating to Organizations, 1939–1954 (entry NM-81 1894-A) in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92). These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the National Archives Catalog link provided.

    In addition, the Hospital Admission Card Files in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112) have been digitized and are available online via Ancestry.com. We located one card for service number 07032466 and have included the information below for you.

    Next, we located the Muster Rolls and Rosters, 11/1/1912 - 12/31/1943 and Morning Reports, ca. 1912 - 1946 for Army units that may include rosters and morning reports of the unit Van Dornick served with. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RRPO) at stl.archives@nara.gov. Please note that rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities. For more information, please see Access to Morning Reports and Unit Rosters | National Archives.

    Plus, if you are interested in records related to Van Dornick’s unit, you may wish to contact the Textual Reference Branch at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland (Archives II) to request a search of the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 (entry NM-3 427) in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) and the series Unit Histories, 1943-1967 (entry UD 37042) in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) for records related to the 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Please note that these records generally do not include details about individual soldiers; rather, they contain information related to the activities and engagements of the unit as a whole. These records have not been digitized. Please email archives2reference@nara.gov for further assistance.

    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 for your research! 

    Sincerely,

    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)

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    HOSPITAL ADMISSION CARD ENTRY:


    Race

    White, includes Mexican (White)

    Rank

    Enlisted Man

    Admission Date

    Jul 1944

    Discharge Date

    Jul 1944

    Diagnosis

    FirstLocation: Unknown, code not applicable; CausativeAgent: Artillery Shell, Other or Unspec to Blast, Fragments, Debris

    Type of Injury

    Casualty, battle

    Injured in Line of Duty

    In line of duty

    Type of Discharge

    Died

    Service Number

    07032466