Here is some information.
I would suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 35837860 35837860 NAME JANKE#GILBERT#J######### JANKE#GILBERT#J######### RESIDENCE: STATE #3 Undefined Code RESIDENCE: COUNTY 035 Undefined Code PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 5124 FT BENJAMIN HARRISON INDIANA DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 05 05 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 05 05 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 44 44 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law LONGEVITY ### ### SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life NATIVITY N1 DANZIG or GERMANY YEAR OF BIRTH 22 22 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 048 Draftsmen MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men) CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 0999 0999 FILM REEL NUMBER 5.61# 5.61#
Hope this helps,
Thank you Elliot! I will try what you suggested.
Dear Ms. Conrad,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes a file pertaining to Gilbert Janke. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his OMPF. The serial number is helpful because during World War II OMPFs may not have included Social Security Numbers.
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 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. 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 their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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