4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 3, 2021 3:28 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking grandfather's military records

    Kimberly Wilton Newbie

      My grandfather was in WW2 with the HQ CO 771st.  He had told me he was there the day before D-Day and the day after camps were liberated.  I'm curious if he was in fact near or at a camp the day of or the day after camps were liberated.  And if anyone has that information, which camp??

        • Re: Seeking grandfather's military records
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Ms. Wilton,


          Do you happen to have any additional information on the individual you are seeking? Such as a name, DOB, and place of birth? Going out on a limb. He may have been with the HQ Company of the 771st T.D. BN of the 84th Division  also known as the Tank Destroyer Battalion. There was also a 771st Ordnance Light Maintenance Company attached to the 71st Division in Europe as well.

            • Re: Seeking grandfather's military records
              Kimberly Wilton Newbie

              My grandfathers name was Joseph Gurdziel, Hamtramck Michigan. His serial number 36-858-750. I only have his discharge papers, it does say ORD ( i can't read what section it is) and under component it says AUS.  His rank was T-5.  He was a driver and mechanic.  He says he didn't see any action, but it was WW2 and I don't find that likely, he didn't talk about it ever really so I don't have much to go on besides what he said; The day before D-Day, and the day after camps were liberated he was near or saw one.  I have come across after action reports, but they haven't proven very helpful as units got attached to other units

            • Re: Seeking grandfather's military records
              Rebecca Collier Ranger

              Dear Ms. Wilton,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes a file unit titled 771st Ordnance Company (Light Maintenance): Historical Records and Reports [May 1944 - May 1945; July - October 1945; February - April 1946]. We also 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 771st Ordnance Light Maintenance Company, 71st Infantry Division. These records are not digitized. For information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


              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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


              According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, on May 4, 1945, the 71st Infantry Division liberated Gunskirchen, one of the many subcamps of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. 


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

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