Dear Martine Loef,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Joseph Fedock’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 (NPRC) 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. 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.
The information found in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) records for Joseph Fedock may be used when requesting his OMPF. The World War II Army Enlistment Records FAQs for the AAD records discusses some limitations and potential errors in the records. Additionally, it is possible that a documentation error occurred at the time of Mr. Fedock’s enlistment or that he provided inaccurate information himself. These are just a few of the potential explanations for the discrepancy in the birth years given.
You might also wish to explore U.S. Census Records for Pennsylvania, which is listed as Mr. Fedock’s birthplace in the AAD enlistment record, and/or for New York where he enlisted to see if you can learn more about his history.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!