4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2021 11:55 AM by JOHN KELLY

    Seeking details of death of SSG Paul E Varga

    JOHN KELLY Wayfarer

      Trying to ascertain details of death of SSG Paul E. Varga, SERIAL NUMBER 32073711 who was killed in action on 23 Nov 1944 in France. His company's morning reports don't appear for Nov-Dec. He is buried in Lorraine Cemetery in Avold, France, near where I suspect he was KIA. Any help would be appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking details of death of SSG Paul E Varga
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          John,

           

          Here is some information. This is also a very limited releasable information pertaining  U.S., World War II Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954 [database on-line] to his injuries for full information please refer to the following for additional details perhaps.

           

           

          I would suggest requesting his IDPFs Individual Deceased Personnel File

           

           

          The information you seek may be contained in his burial case file (also called the Individual Deceased Personnel File or IDPF). IDPFs for WWII-1976 for service members with surnames beginning with A - L., please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

           

          As of now, RL-SL has not received the IDPFs of service members with surnames beginning with M - Z. In order to request these records, 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.

           

           

           

           

          Name:Paul E Varga
          Race:White, includes Mexican (White)
          Rank:Enlisted Man
          Admission Date:Dec 1944
          Discharge Date:Dec 1944
          Military Branch:Infantry, Armored/Machanized Units
          Diagnosis:First Location: Thorax, generally; Second Location: Unknown, code not applicable; ; Causative Agent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified
          Type of Injury:Casualty, battle
          Injured in Line of Duty:In line of duty
          Type of Discharge:Died
          Service Number:32073711

           

           

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          • Re: Seeking details of death of SSG Paul E Varga
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Mr. Kelly,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            Mr. Schneider already referred you to the IDPFs, which are the primary set of records concerning World War II casualties. Additionally, you may be interested in reviewing unit records.  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 53rd Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division during WWII. While unit records rarely provide detailed information about the deaths of specific soldiers, they sometimes provide general information about the activities of the unit as a whole on the day that the soldier died. 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.

             

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

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