2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 16, 2021 12:13 PM by Jamie Vander Clute

    Seeking military records  of Matthew Groskiewicz

    Keith Tyschper Newbie

      My Grandfather, Matthew Michael (Gross) Groskiewicz, was born on 9/13/1917 and served in WWII in Europe. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and taken prisoner. He was in a POW camp but liberated. Apparently he was very ill and spent time recuperating at Camp Blanding, FL prior to returning to Chicago, IL.  I am in possession of his US Army dog tags and POW. dog tags and Purple Heart medal. Looking for information on him. Thanks

        • Re: Seeking military records  of Matthew Groskiewicz
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Keith,

           

          Here is some information.

           

          https://www.newspapers.com/clip/73074668/obituary-for-matthew-m-gross/

           

           

           

           

          Name:M M Groszkiewicz
          Residence Place:USA
          Report Date:16 Dec 1944
          Latest Report Date:17 May 1945
          Grade:Technician 5th Grade
          Grade Notes:Chief nurse or Head dietitian or Head physical therapy aide or Technician 5th Grade
          Arm or Service:Infantry
          Arm or Service Code:Infantry
          Organization Type:Branch Immaterial/Infantry Division Band/Dental Corps/Medical Department
          Parent Unit Type:Group/Regiment/Commands/System
          Area Served:European Theatre: Germany
          Detaining Country:Germany
          Camp:Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13
          Status:Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
          Report Source:Individual has been reported through sources considered official.

           

          Name:Matthew Gross
          Gender:Male
          Birth Date:13 Sep 1917
          Death Date:24 Aug 1989
          Cause of Death:Natural
          SSN:337016154
          Branch 1:ARMY
          Enlistment Date 1:28 Dec 1943
          Release Date 1:5 Dec 1945

           

           

           

          Field TitleValueMeaning
          SERIAL NUMBER3677823436778234
          NAMEGROSZKIEWICZ M MGROSZKIEWICZ M M
          GRADE, ALPHATEC5Technician, Grade 5
          GRADE CODEOChief nurse or Head dietitian or Head physical therapy aide or Technician 5th Grade
          SERVICE CODE1ARMY
          ARM OR SERVICEINFInfantry
          ARM OR SERVICE CODE10INF: INFANTRY
          DATE REPORT: DAY (DD)1616
          DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM)1212
          DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y)41944
          RACIAL GROUP CODE
          STATE OF RESIDENCE
          TYPE OF ORGANIZATION740Branch Immaterial/Infantry Division Band/Dental Corps/Medical Department
          PARENT UNIT NUMBER04220422
          PARENT UNIT TYPE06Group/Regiment/Commands/System
          AREA72European Theatre: Germany
          LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD)1717
          LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM)0505
          LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y)51945
          SOURCE OF REPORT1Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
          STATUS8Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
          DETAINING POWER1GERMANY
          CAMP006Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13
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          • Re: Seeking military records  of Matthew Groskiewicz
            Jamie Vander Clute Wayfarer

            Dear Mr. Tyschper,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the Records of World War II Prisoners of War, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) but were unable to locate a file for Matthew Groskiewicz or Matthew Gross. Please use any information from his POW dog tag that may assist you in locating a file for him by clicking on the series title above and filling out the information in the search fields.

             

            Another series in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) includes a master list of American prisoners of war of the German Government.  These lists  consist of many volumes and have thousands of entries for individuals listed alphabetically by surname.  For more information about these lists, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov and provide all of the POW information you have for Matthew Groskiewicz or Matthew Gross.

             

            We also searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series European Name Index to the Series "Case Files, 1944-1949", 1944 - 1949 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) but were unable to locate a digitized index card pertaining to Matthew Groskiewicz or Matthew Gross. The cards indicate if a prisoner was a victim of or witnessed a war crime by POW camp personnel.

             

            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.

             

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