2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 7, 2021 2:53 PM by Anna Czech

    information about Labor Supervision Company 1177, Polish Guards, US Army

    Anna Czech Newbie

      Hello, I'm looking for any information about Labor Supervision Company 1177. APO 513 US ARMY POLISH GUARDS.


      My Grandfather was there (in Suippes, France) for a while (in August 1945) after he escaped/deserted from Wehrmacht. I have two letters that he sent to his family in Poland (Upper Silesia) from this place. Do you know any archive I could be in touch with to get some information about former German soldiers (Polish nationality) who were working as sentry guards in American army in France? Thank you in advance!




        • Re: information about Labor Supervision Company 1177, Polish Guards, US Army
          Anna Smallwood Wayfarer

          Dear Anna Czech:


          Thank you for posting your inquiry on History Hub!


          Polish citizens who served with the U.S. Army during World War II and during the occupation of Germany and who were not officially inducted into the American Army were considered civilian employees by the U.S. Government. Official Personnel Files (OPFs) and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the  employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/archival-programs/civilian-personnel-archival/index.html.


          In addition, there may be rosters of Guard units as well as other types of units employing Poles in the early postwar era at RL-SL. Please contact RL-Sl for assistance.


          In addition, we searched "APO 513 in our catalog and found 30 results. 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) but were unable to locate records of the 1177th Labor Supervision Company. 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 1177th Labor Supervision Company. For access to 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 RL-SL, RDT2, and RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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


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