2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 3, 2021 10:47 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking military documents & records for Colman (or Coleman) Walsh

    Trish Lewis Newbie

      Hi, I am trying to find military documents and records for my great uncle, Colman (or Coleman) Walsh. He was born in County Galway, Ireland in1893. I am creating my family tree and he is showing as a US Private in 1918 with HQ 329th Infantry. Any documentation photos or info much appreciated!.

        • Re: Seeking military documents & records for Colman (or Coleman) Walsh
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Trish,

           

          Here is some information on where he is buried. Plus some additional information.

           

           

          Name:Coleman Walsh
          Birth Year:abt 1893
          Death Date:26 May 1935
          Age at Death:42
          Burial Place:Milwaukee, Wisconsin
          Cemetery:Wood National Cemetery
          Grave Site:28-281

           

           

           

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          • Re: Seeking military documents & records for Colman (or Coleman) Walsh
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Lewis,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917-1938  and Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917-1938 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that include the following entries for a soldier whose information matches what you provided. These are summaries of the entries below as well as images of the original documents at the end of our reply.

             

            Outgoing to Europe:

             

            Name:

            Coleman Walsh

            Departure Date:

            11 Jun 1918

            Departure Place:

            New York, New York

            Address:

            Illammore, Rosmuck Post

            Residence Place (of Father):

            Office Calway, Ireland

            Father:

            Thomas Walsh

            Ship:

            Grampian

            Military Unit:

            Hdq

            Rank:

            Private

            Service Number:

            1935472

            Notes:

            Headquarters Company 329th Infantry

             

            Incoming to USA:

             

            Name:

            Coleman Walsh

            Departure Date:

            11 Aug 1919

            Departure Place:

            Brest, France

            Arrival Date:

            20 Aug 1919

            Arrival Place:

            Hoboken, New Jersey

            Residence Place (of mother):

            Illaunore Rosmack Maeni County Galway Ireland.

            Mother:

            Maggie Walsh

            Ship:

            MATSONIA

            Military Unit:

            HQ. CO. 38 INF.

            Rank:

            Private

            Service Number:

            1935472

            Notes:

            HEADQUARTERS CO. 38 TH INFANTRY

             

            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. Please use the service number 1935472 when filling out the form. It is not necessary to provide a social security number. 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.

             

            The 329th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 165th Infantry Brigade which in turn was a part of the 83rd Division. The 38th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 6th Infantry Brigade which was assigned to the 3rd Division. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes records of the 83rd Division and the 3rd Division. We also located Records of Infantry Brigade, 1917 - 1919 in Record Group 120 that includes records of the 165th Infantry Brigade and the 6th Infantry Brigade.  Additionally, we located Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1916-1921 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that include the records of the 329th Infantry Regiment and the 38th Infantry 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.

             

            Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 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

             

            Photographs of various U.S. Army activities and subjects during WWI are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov. Please note that the National Archives does not have photographs of all soldiers and units that served in World War I, and in many cases photographs that we do have do not identify the names of all the depicted soldiers.

             

            We also located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that includes a card for your relative. We are providing summaries of the information below as well as an image of the original document at the end of our reply

             

            Name:

            Coleman Walsh

            Race:

            Caucasian (White)

            Marital status:

            Single

            Birth Date:

            10 Apr 1893

            Birth Place:

            Ireland

            Residence Date:

            1917-1918

            Residence Place:

            Lorain County, Ohio, USA

            Physical Build:

            Stout

            Height:

            Medium

            Hair Color:

            Black

            Eye Color:

            Brown

             

            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 RL-SL, RDT2, and RDSS. Also, 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.

             

            Next, we searched Ancestry.com and located Colman Walsh in the Ohio, Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in World War I, 1917-1918. We are providing summaries of the information below as well as an image of the original document at the end of our reply.

             

            Name:

            Colman Walsh

            Age:

            24 6/12 Years

            Race:

            White

            Birth Date:

            abt 1892

            Birth Location:

            Galway, Ireland

            Enlistment Date:

            20 Sep 1917

            Enlistment County:

            Elyria

            Enlistment State:

            Ohio

            Enlistment Division:

            National Army

            Comments:

            Headquarters Company 329 Infantry to 19 July 1918; Co H 38 Infantry to Discharge Private, first class 23 June 1918; Private 1 Sept 1918. Aisne-Marne; St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 12 June 1918 to 20 Aug 1919. Ho

             

            Finally, you may be interested in the book 3rd Division Summary of Operations in the World War that is available on HathiTrust.

             

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