Dear Ms. Harrell,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
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. 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.
Additionally, the card that Mr. Schneider located for you is from the Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917 - 9/16/1940 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15). These records serve as an index to veterans claim files. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 4 records series of Deceased Veterans Claims (XC Files) in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15). For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at email@example.com. When emailing RL-SL, please provide the full name of the soldier, his date of birth, service number, claim number, and if they have any additional information such as unit, branch of service, and names of beneficiaries. If there is any information you do not know, you may omit it, but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. The codes for the VA Master Index are explained in the handout VA Master Index Codes.
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Veteran claim files may be in the custody of the Department of Veterans Affairs if they were still active in 1955 when the inactive files were transferred to the National Archives. If RL-SL informs you that they do not have the file, please file a FOIA request with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their FOIA website is https://www.va.gov/foia/. All questions regarding VA’s FOIA procedures and fees may be emailed to VACOFOIAService@va.gov.
We located Charles Emery Wallis in the U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File. It provides the following information:
Name: Charles Emery Wallis
Birth Date: 30 Dec 1894
Death Date: 18 Jul 1990
Cause of Death: Natural
Enlistment Branch: ARMY
Enlistment Date: 25 Aug 1918
Discharge Date: 22 Feb 1919
We also located the name of Charles E. Wallis in the Ohio, Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in World War I, 1917-1918. We are attaching an image of the relevant page to the end of our reply.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!