2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 25, 2021 7:00 AM by Elliot Schneider Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Seeking military records of Jay Kentz

    Deanne Kentz Newbie

      My Father-in-law Jay Kentz, was a PFC in the Army WWII. My understanding, per my Mother-in-law, he was at the Battle of the Bulge. I don't know anything more than that other than he did have some major issues and was most likely accessing help from the VA in Port Huron Michigan or Detroit Michigan. I do not know his parents names either as Jay was estranged from the family. He is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Bay City Michigan

        • Re: Seeking military records of Jay Kentz
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Kentz,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you request a copy of his 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. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          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.

          • Re: Seeking military records of Jay Kentz
            Elliot Schneider Ranger



            Here is some information below, also including his spouse.


            Father William Kentz was also in the Navy during WW1  Jay father is also buried in the same cemetery.  Please follow the link. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151434076/william-kentz


            Name:William Kentz
            Death Date:23 Mar 1976
            Enlistment Branch:NAVY
            Enlistment Date:15 Jun 1918
            Discharge Date:10 Mar 1919



            Jay also was married to Ellen L. Goldman in 1949 here is his wife's information plus it looks like there might have been a separation/divorce because she remarried and is buried in AZ please follow the link. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/730079/ellen-lois-gubin


            She remarried after Jays death in 1976 according to Nevada marriage records.


            Name:Ellen Lois Gubin
            Spouse:Louis B Gubin
            Marriage Date:18 Jul 1975
            Marriage County:Clark
            Officiant Type:Civil celebrant
            Recorded Date:24 Jul 1975
            Recorded County:Clark
            Instrument number:800659



            Name:Ellen Lois Goldman
            Birth Date:abt 1929
            Birth Place:Port Huron, Michigan
            Marriage License Place:St Clair
            Marriage Date:23 Oct 1949
            Marriage Place:Port Huron, St Clair, Michigan, USA
            Residence Place:Port Huron, Michigan
            Father:Edward R Goldman
            Mother:Phoebe Herbert
            Spouse:Jay J Kentz
            County File Number:35106
            State File Number:77 15911



            Name:Jay J Kentz
            Birth Date:abt 1924
            Birth Place:Bay City, Michigan
            Marriage License Place:St Clair
            Marriage Date:23 Oct 1949
            Marriage Place:Port Huron, St Clair, Michigan, USA
            Residence Place:Port Huron, Michigan
            Father:William Kentz
            Mother:Esther Bernstein
            Spouse:Ellen Lois Goldman
            County File Number:35106
            State File Number:77 15911




            1940 Census:



            Name:J Jay Kentz
            Estimated Birth Year:abt 1925
            Marital Status:Single
            Relation to Head of House:Son
            Home in 1940:Bay City, Bay, Michigan
            Map of Home in 1940:
            Street:N Van Buren
            House Number:237
            Inferred Residence in 1935:Bay City, Bay, Michigan
            Residence in 1935:Bay City
            Resident on farm in 1935:No
            Sheet Number:11B
            Attended School or College:No
            Highest Grade Completed:High School, 1st year
            Household MembersAgeRelationship
            William Kentz45Head
            Esther Kentz40Wife
            Daniel Bernstein64Father-in-law
            J Jay Kentz15Son
            Charlotte Voss23Servant
            G Harold Bernstein35Son
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