2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 6, 2021 8:00 AM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking cause of death for 46051919 Army private in training, died 09 28 1945.

    Jennifer Khan Newbie

      I am a direct descendent seeking information on the specific cause of death for said Army private. He was in the 349th engineer training battalion, and is marked as DNB. An older family member, his son, wants to know how he died.


      Serial: 46051919

      DOB: Dec 11 1917

      DOD: Sept 28 1945

        • Re: Seeking cause of death for 46051919 Army private in training, died 09 28 1945.
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Khan,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940-1976 for U.S. Army personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


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          For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405. They are being scanned by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in order to properly identify remains of those still listed as missing.


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

          • Re: Seeking cause of death for 46051919 Army private in training, died 09 28 1945.
            Elliot Schneider Ranger

            Ms. Kahn,


            Here is some additional information. Here is where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/137176842/merle-lorenzo-langley


            Possibly had Pneumonia please see his brief hospital record that shows he was in Hospital in Sept 1945 and subsequently passed on the 28th day of Sept 1945.




            Race:White (includes Mexican) (White)
            Rank:Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student)
            Admission Age:27
            Birth Date:abt 1918
            Admission Date:Sep 1945
            Admission Place:Ft. Lewis (except Madigan General Hospital), Washington
            Discharge Date:Sep 1945
            Discharge Place:General Hospital
            Military Branch:Engineers, General or Unspecified (may incl Combat and Bridge + Pontoon Units)
            Diagnosis:Diagnosis: Pneumonia, unclassified (including broncho, etiology unknown); Diagnosis: Conjunctivitis, Not Elsewhere Classified
            Type of Injury:InjuryType: Disease; InjuryType2: Not a traumatism
            Length of service:3-6 mo.
            Service Number:46051919


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