Dear AP Brazington,
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To the best of our knowledge, no comprehensive list of battlefield commissions awarded during World War II exists. Therefore, you may need to search in multiple locations to locate information related to your research. In general, records about individual soldiers’ promotions would be filed in their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 407) that may contain some information about battlefield commissions or promotions within particular units. There may also be some relevant information in the series Unit Histories, 1943-1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338). These records have not been digitized. Please note that a specific unit and time period must be identified in order to conduct a search of these records. For access to and information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located the series Subject Correspondence Files, 1944-1945 in the Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 331) that contains the file Battlefield Promotion, Second Lieutenants, as well as 3 additional files related to promotions. These records have not been digitized. You may contact RDT2 with any questions you might have about them.
Next, we located the series Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, 1947-1964 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes 4 files related to battlefield commissions and 2 files related to battlefield promotions that may be of interest to you. Some of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online via the Catalog. For additional information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at email@example.com.
Plus, we located the series Index to Personalities in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographic Files (111-SC, 111-P, 111-PC, 111-C), 1940-1981 in Record Group 111 that includes 9 references to battlefield commission and 4 references to battlefield promotion that may be relevant to your search. Some of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. You may contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have about these records.
Finally, you may wish to search the National Archives Catalog to explore multiple series of subject files, decimal files, and correspondence files that are arranged according to the WAR DEPARTMENT DECIMAL FILE SYSTEM, which has multiple decimals related to commissions and promotions in the 210 range.
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We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
I found in my local library public a genealogy database department. It's quite possible that many public libraries have a similar section for genealogy research. During my visit there; I came across a publication for colored people (not my preferred description) who served in Military with a brief summary/ article some included photos, description of person and which branch they served. I found this paperback book very resourceful. I was able to locate two members of my family whom served in the military. The book ranged from different time periods of military servicemen.
I hope that this information is useful.