Dear Jann Rhodes,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your grandfather’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
If you can share more information about his branch of service and unit, then we may be able to locate potentially relevant records.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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Here is some additional information. You may find more here please follow the link. http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/36division/archives/131/131lin.htm
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The 36th is late to the war. We enter combat on October 7, 1918, so only 24 days of combat, our main battle is the battle of St. Etienne on October 8-10, 1918. You can find more about their record here: 36th Division In World War I (texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org)
Since he joined the National Guard first, there should be a record for him here at post at Retained Records. Here is how you request that:
Requesting Information from Retained Records
to request copies of these records, send a formal request to the Texas Military Department, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office using a Standard Form 180. Their contact information is below:
By mail to: Texas Military Office of the Adjutant General
ATTN: General Counsel, JFTX-GCF (FOIA Officer)
P.O. Box 5218
Austin, TX 78763-5218
By e-mail to: email@example.com
By fax to: (512) 782-6988 (ATTN: FOIA Officer)
Telephone: (512) 782-5443
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Texas Military Forces Museum