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Dear Mr. Joy,
Thank you for posting your request on the History Hub!
Personnel records of Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers are available upon request by completing a GSA SF 180 and mailing it to the Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support, ATTN: Records Officer, 1101 Wooton Parkway, Plaza Level, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20852. Their web site is https://www.usphs.gov/.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Records of the Public Health Service (Record Group 90), but were unable to find any specific references to Robert Lindner at Cornell in NY or Lewisburg, PA. For additional information, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at email@example.com and the National Archives at Philadelphia (RE-PA) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located the Personnel Files of the Office of Strategic Services, 1942 - ca. 1962 in the Records of the Office of Strategic Services (Record Group 226) but were unable to locate a file for Robert Lindner. For a search of the Name Index to most of the documents in Record Group 226, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
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A belated thank you for your efforts! I had previously written to the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who surprised me by stating that they had no record of his service. Hence this question!
I did recently encounter a lead, though it cannot be followed up further until the pandemic eases up a bit more. There is a file under the name Robert Lindner (F8110279) that I had previously overlooked because it is contained in a site (record group 319, intelligence and investigative dossier series) dated 1979-2009. So I assumed it to be a different Robert Lindner (there was somebody of that name associated with the Ford administration, I believe). But when I peeked inside, it turned out that most of the material actually dated from 1939-1950 and was part of the widespread declassification of Nazi-era investigations. So maybe this will answer the question!