2 Replies Latest reply on May 6, 2021 10:49 AM by Lisa Sharik

    Seeking unit records of Beecher Porter

    john snyder Newbie

      I'm looking for the unit of Beecher Porter was 22 years old when he was killed in 1943 during WWII.  We believe he died in Egypt but was wounded in either Sicily or Italy. He was from Waldo, Ohio and was a private in the U.S. Army. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking unit records of Beecher Porter
          Lisa Sharik Scout

          PFC Beecher E Porter was part of our unit, the 36th Infantry Division in WWII. My card shows he served with Company I, 142nd Infantry Regiment, Company I is part of 3rd Battalion.

          Beecher Porter service card



          The first date on the card is the date the 36th enters combat as part of Operation Avalanche, at Salerno Italy. Porter was with the Company for some time before that date, these cards are not official military and have very limited information. The cards indicates September 17, 1943 as when he was taken off their books, that might be the actual date of his death or it might be the date they were notified of his death. The Morning Reports for the Company would have the specific information.

          We have the After Action Reports for the 142nd available on our website: 142ndaar-.pdf (secureservercdn.net)  It does not give any indication of what Company I was doing on that day.


          This record from Ancestry shows his wound:

          Porter Hospital Admission


          Hopefully this information will prove helpful to you.




          Lisa Sharik

          Deputy Director

          Texas Military Forces Museum

          • Re: Seeking unit records of Beecher Porter
            Daniel Dancis Wayfarer

            Dear John Snyder,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database and were able to locate two files for Beecher Porter: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=3475&mtch=2&q=Beecher+Porter&cat=WR26&dt=893&tf=F&bc=,sl,sd


            If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Beecher’s 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 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.  For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


            Additionally, the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338). Military unit files among these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders. Because the files are arranged hierarchically, identification of the specific unit (i.e., division, regiment, and battalion) and date of interest are necessary before a search can be conducted. They do not include personnel or medical information, and we do not have a name index to these records. If you know or learn the unit Mr. Porter served in, you may be able to learn more information about his unit’s activities during the war. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 at archives2reference@nara.gov for information about and access to these records.


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