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Dear Mr. Cizewski,
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We searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division during WWII. Records of lower echelon units such as companies were sometimes incorporated into the files of the battalion or regiment. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you, Mr. Atkinson,
I will contact the National Archives at Colege Park, MD.
They usually identify the box with the undigitized records.
That will decrease the time our researcher needs when they can access the boxes when COVID-19 guidelines allow access.
We have a researcher at the NPRC.
As COVID-19 access allows, we will have her research the morning reports for 179th companies involved in the early September 1944 Battle of Meximieuxand for soldiers KIA or DOW that our other research may have missed.
We will also have her research the MIAs and POWs.
Our research has found one of the soldiers captured in the Battle of Meximieux died of illness while in captivity.
We will advocate that his name be added to the memorial plaque in Meximieux