Do you have any additional information on your great-uncle that could help in my search. DOB, place of birth.
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Thomas Conroy was born on March 2nd 1888 at Clifden, Galway, Ireland.
He was living in Brooklyn, New York when he entered the U.S. Army on October 13th 1917. He was naturalized on September 16 1919, while residing at Camp Meigs, Washington DC.
I hope this helps.
Here is some information on your great-uncle. Also please see his WW2 draft card. Please also follow the link where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93466917/thomas-conroy
Name: Thomas Conroy Age: 51 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1889 Gender: Male Race: White Birthplace: Ireland Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Home in 1940: Milwaukie, Clackamas, Oregon Map of Home in 1940: Street: 30th Street House Number: 1436 Farm: No Inferred Residence in 1935: Milwaukie, Clackamas, Oregon Residence in 1935: Milwaukie Citizenship: Naturalized Sheet Number: 4B Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 86 Father's Birthplace: Ireland Mother's Birthplace: Ireland Occupation: Laborer House Owned or Rented: Owned Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 2500 Attended School or College: No Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40 Duration of Unemployment: 0 Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work Weeks Worked in 1939: 52 Income: 1800 Income Other Sources: No Native Language: English Veteran: No Social Security Number: Yes Usual Occupation: Motorman Usual Industry: Traction Bus Usual Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work Neighbors: Household Members Age Relationship Thomas Conroy 51 Head Margaret Conroy 46 Wife James M Conroy 20 Son John F Conroy 16 Son Richard W Conroy 14 Son Edward G Conroy 11 Son Margaret A Conroy 9 Daughter Patricia C Conroy 7 Daughter
Thank you for taking the time to research my great uncle.
I don't think the information for Thomas in the 1940 census is his, as I don't believe he ever got married?
All the other snippets look good, the WW2 draft card does look like his as I know my grandmother had a sister in New York named Mary Jordan, although it looks like Nellie??
That's a great help.
PS Would many men/women have gone to fight in WW2 aged 55?
They had to enlist at this particular time in history it was considered the "Old Man Draft" they had two separate drafts one for the younger men and women and one for the older men and women.
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Photographs of American Military Activities, ca. 1918 - ca. 1981 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes 1 photograph of the 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, 262 images of the "First Division", and 223 images related to the "1st Division" that may be of interest to you. These images have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Stil Pictures (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have about these and similar records.
We also located the series Records of Divisions, ca. 1918 - 1942 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes records related to the First Division’s Machine Gun Battalions in boxes 56-58. These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about them, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
It sounds like you’ve already requested your great uncle’s military records, but just in case you have not done so, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests. Please note that the "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If your great uncle’s “official” photograph still exists, it will most likely be found in his OMPF; however, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.
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Thank you for such an informative reply. This is just the sort of information that I am looking for.
I haven't requested my great uncles military records yet, but will do so now that you have shown me how to. I have just researched what is available online.
I live in the UK and hope that there won't be too much complication in accessing his records.
Thanks for your guidance.