2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 29, 2021 2:04 PM by Leonard Cizewski

    Seeking records to correct memorial plaque in Meximieux

    Leonard Cizewski Adventurer

      Seeking September 1944 Monthly Histories and After Action Reports of Companies E, F, and H, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division to correct the memorial plaque in Meximieux, France (below), we are researching the 11 soldiers KIA or DOW during the Battle of Meximieux on September 1, 1944.  Our research indicates that two names, possibly soldiers of Companies E, F, and H, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division are missing. Those names may be listed in the September 1944 Company E, F, and H, Monthly Histories or After Action Reports.

      The plaque currently has nine names. One name appears to be in error.

      We have identified one of the missing names as Lt. Eddie Watson, HQ, 160th Field Artillery Battalion; We have also identified one soldier of the 179th who was captured and died of illness while a POW.; We will discuss with the Meximieux of adding his name to the plaque.

      Thank you.
      Link to the image of the plaque: - http://https://www.ibiblio.org/45wwiiresources/179/monument.jpg

      Meximieux Plaque

        • Re: September 1944 Monthly Histories and After Action Reports of Companies E, F, and H, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Cizewski,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          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 archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 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

           

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

           

          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.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

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

           

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