I would suggest requesting his IDPFs Individual Deceased Personnel File
The information you seek may be contained in his burial case file (also called the Individual Deceased Personnel File or IDPF). IDPFs for WWII-1976 for service members with surnames begining with A - L., please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at email@example.com.
As of now, RL-SL has not received the IDPFs of service members with surnames beginning with M - Z. In order to request these records, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405.
Hi Dan, you might already have this information, but there is a Leonard Wistrcill listed on the American Battle Monument Commission as buried at the Brittany American Cemetery in France (https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/wistrcill%3Dleonard). He is also listed at Honorstates.org (https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=67404) with a photo.
When the Archives reopens, you might want to request a copy of his IDPF (Individual Deceased Personnel File or burial case file). It might give you some information regarding the circumstances of his death. Hope this is of some help. joan
Dear Mr. Wistrcill,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
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. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. Use his date of death as his release date. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 47th Armored Infantry Battalion. For information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com.
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Lastly, we suggest that you request a copy of his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405. They are being scanned by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in order to properly identify remains of those still listed as missing.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!