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Here is some information. click on image to enlarge. Here is where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65184420/mason-howard-crooke
Thank you. I appreciate your reply. What I am really looking for is where he was during the service. Years ago I got records for my civil war g.g.grandfathers and it was fascinating to track their movements. I guess national archives unless someone has another idea.
Somewhere it says he enlisted or was drafted from Arizona. Somewhere else it says he was at Ft. McDowell (Angel Island, San Francisco) 21st Aero Squadron was at Kelly Field Texas, Scott Field, Illinois and finally embarked from Hoboken. Stationed at Issoudun Aerodrome, France. Was he actually in some of all of these places?
Thank you again for your interest and help
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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 (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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Records of the 1st through 1111th Aero Squadrons, 1917 - 1919; Card File of Movements of Aero Squadrons, ca. 1917 - ca. 1919; and Correspondence Relating to Aero Squadrons, 1919 - 1930 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18). We also located the Records Relating to the History of the War Department, 1918 - 1941 in the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (Record Group 165). Additionally, we located the World War I Strength Returns, ca. 1917 - 1939 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407). Finally we located Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917 - 1919 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120). These series may include records relating to his unit. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
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Gorrell's History has been digitized and is available on Fold3 at Gorrell's History - AEF Air Service. Accessing these records via Fold3 may require a paid subscription. Some libraries provide free access to their patrons.
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