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Dear Mr. Spicer,
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If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your uncle’s 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 and for officers who were separated from the service after June 1917 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. 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.
Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records of the XX Corps, 1942-1946 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that may contain some relevant information. The series Historical Files, 1943-1945 in Record Group 338 includes 1 file for the XX Corps, too. We also located 6 series related to the XX Corps in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that might be of interest to you. In addition, we located the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) that includes records of the XX Corps during WWII. These records have not been digitized. For more information about these and similar records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also located the series Moving Images Relating to Military Activities in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes 8 moving image files related to the XX Corps during WWII. Most of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at email@example.com.
Plus, we located the series Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that includes one card for Mabel Adelaide Spicer, wife of Cyril B. Spicer (see image 746). This file has been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog. We also searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes 1 file related to Cyril B. Spicer, Jr. that may be of interest to you as well.
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Finally, the US Army Center of Military History has a number of resources related to the XX Corps available on their website. We suggest that you contact them or the US Army Heritage and Education Center directly for further assistance.
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Thank you very much. A number of things to chew on. I know quite about Cyril senior's wife and son already, and have actually done a web page on Cyril junior tracking his unit, the 117th Regiment, through Europe along with a biography of him. On that web page is a picture of both Cyrils taken just after the war.
I have yet to look through your suggestions completely. I have the Army Register listings through Fold3.com, but one thing that I still don't know is what someone in the Inspector General Department actually did during WW2.
I expect I should plan a trip to Carlisle to use the library at the Heritage and Education Center. I think I've exhausted resources available to me at the Center of Military History, but maybe not.
Thanks again and stay safe,
For the bio of Cyril junior