2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 18, 2021 3:37 PM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking information about Friedrich W Siering

    William Sonn Newbie

      I am seeking information about Friedrich W Siering (1917-1999). He worked in Chicago from 1936-1941. Then he served in Army from 1941-1947 and got caught up in consorting with German  POWS in 1944 (Colorado). He was court-martialed (convicted, but had very little to do with the incident) and   deported to Argentina in 1948. He returned to South Florida in approximately 1964. He was married to Frieda P. Siering (b 1910) and part owner of the General Stamping & Manufacturing in Hialeah (closed 2013). They had a daughter named Marlene. Apparently, there were other Sierings from Germany residing nearby them.

        • Re: Seeking information about Friedrich W Siering
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Sonn,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Friedrich W. Siering’s 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.. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936 - 2007 database that includes 1 file for Friedrich W. Siering and 1 file for Fritz William Siering with the same Social Security number that may be of interest to you. We also searched AAD and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database but were unable to find any files for Friedrich W. Siering.


          If he was drafted into service rather than enlisting, we suggest that you request his Selective Service records. Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and were born before 1960 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). There are two types of records: cards and classification histories. The individual Draft Registration Card (SSS Form 1) may contain information such as: name, Selective Service registration number, age, date and place of birth, ethnicity, place of residence at time of registration and basic physical description. The Classification History (SSS Form 102) may contain: name; date of birth; classification and date of mailing notice; date of appeal to the board; date and results of armed forces physical examination; entry into active duty or civilian work in lieu of induction (may include date, branch of service entered and mode of entry, such as enlisted or ordered); date of separation from active duty or civilian work; and general remarks. Please complete a Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records and email it to RL-SL at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          For men who registered for the draft before 1976, all other individual draftee files besides the cards and classification histories were destroyed by the Selective Service System in 1978, in accordance with approved records retention schedules. Physical examination and test results, medical letters, laboratory work, and other medical documentation that may have been included in these files no longer exist.


          In addition, U.S. Army general courts-martial (GCM) records from 1917 to 1976 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to the records, please contact RL-SL.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL. Also, the NPRC is closed except for emergencies. Currently, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.


          Finally, you may wish to contact Florida's State Bureau of Vital Statistics for marriage and birth records. More information about Florida Vital Records is available online via FamilySearch.


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

          • Re: Seeking information about Friedrich W Siering
            Elliot Schneider Ranger



            Here is some information on your individual who was at Camp Hale, CO also please see the news article regarding the story. Please copy and paste link into your wen browser.










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            Hope this helps,



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