3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 23, 2021 6:17 PM by Grace Yuhasz

    Seeking military records of Nicholas Sloane

    Michelle Dayhuff Newbie

      My grandfather was the Commanding Officer for the 607th Quartermaster Company. I know they were D-Day +2 and that they established the Henri Chapelle Cemetery. I’m looking for any information about my grandpa specifically, his name was Nicholas J. Sloane. Any information or photographs would mean a lot to me. I’ve also been searching for an article written by Hal Boyle, apparently he interviewed my grandpa. Thank you so much for the help

        • Re: Seeking military records of Nicholas Sloane
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Ms. Dayhuff,


          Here is some information below. Captian Whitman had left for TD (Temporary Duty) which made your grandfather CO (Commanding Officer) in Dec 1944.


          Staff – 607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company (at 15 July 1944)

          Captain Whitman Pearson – Commanding Officer

          First Lieutenant Nicholas J. Sloane – Executive Officer

          First Lieutenant William O. Davis – First Platoon Leader

          First Lieutenant Ernest J. Terry – Second Platoon Leader

          First Lieutenant Robert E. Berry – Third Platoon Leader

          First Lieutenant Neal F. Raker – Fourth Platoon Leader

          (current strength: 6 Officers & 127 EM)



          The 607th QM GR Co was later awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for their stand during the “Battle of the Bulge”.

          Staff – 607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company (at 31 December 1944)
          First Lieutenant Nicholas J. Sloane – Commanding Officer
          First Lieutenant Neal F. Raker – Executive Officer
          First Lieutenant Hugh Shackelford, Jr. – Platoon Leader
          (current strength: 5 Officers & 115 EM)

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          • Re: Seeking military records of Nicholas Sloane
            Lisha Penn Pioneer

            Dear Ms. Dayhuff,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that may contain records of the 607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company during WWII. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Photographs of various U.S. Army activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov and their web site is https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/photographs-dc.html.


            We also searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the enlistment record for Nicholas J. Sloane. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his  Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).


            We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 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.


            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 RDT2 and RDSS. 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.


            You may wish to review these websites for background information: 607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company; Unearthing D-Day Stories; and check for the Hal Boyle article of interest on the Research Guides: Guide to Newspapers and Newspaper Indexes: Associated Press Archives.


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


            • Re: Seeking military records of Nicholas Sloane
              Grace Yuhasz Adventurer

              The Hal Boyle article was in multiple newspapers around the country.  Newspapers.com and GenealogyBank.com have several of them but both are subscription sites (some libraries offer free access with a library card.) 


              FultonHistory.com has two newspapers with the article, available for free.  Click the link below.  In the search box on the left, type "Nicholas J. Sloane" (make sure to include the quotation marks).  Then choose to view one of the 1944 results.