2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 15, 2021 11:10 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking detailed information about Abe Toews

    Larry Toews Newbie

      Seeking detailed information about the veteran's (my father) participation in battles and their military engagements in World War II. Here's what I have:  Name:  Abe Toews (no middle name); Serial Number:  38079627; Inducted:  Ft. Sill, Oklahoma on February 12,1942; Basic:  Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Bronze Star - August 1, 1944; Silver Star - September 27, 1944; Purple Heart - November 15, 1944; 2 Overseas Stripes; 3 Bronze Battle Stars - European/African Theater; Units in the army:  Third Army, 4th Armored Division, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion Medical Detachment, Company "B" and 27th Armored Infantry Battalion Medical Detachment ,"C" Company, 9th Armored Division; Discharge:  Camp Chaffee, Arkansas on October 25, 1945. 


      This is the Information I would like to get:  Date when crossed the English Channel to France; Date when he landed on Utah Beach (assumed he landed on Utah Beach); Anything about his units advancement across Europe.

        • Re: Seeking detailed information about Abe Toews
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Here is some information on his SS and what GO# you can obtain in order to view the whole citation.


          Abe Toews






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          • Re: Seeking detailed information about Abe Toews
            Rachael Salyer Ranger

            Dear Mr. Toews,


            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 father’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 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.


            We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes 1 file related to Abe Toews. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his/her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).


            Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and 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 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division and the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division during World War II. The series Unit Histories, 1943-1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) includes 110 files of the 4th Armored Division and 25 files of the 9th Armored Division during the 1940s. Please note that these records generally do not include information about individual soldiers; rather, they contain information related to the activities and engagements of the unit as a whole. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to these and similar records. We were unable to locate specific records of Medical Detachments or Company B or Company C.  Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the battalion.


            Plus, we located the series Index to Personalities in the US Army Signal Corps Photographic Files, 1940-1981 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that contains 3 references to the 10th Armored Infantry Battalion; 9 references to the 4th Armored Division; and 13 references to the 9th Armored Division. This index has been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov for assistance with these records.


            Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RDSS.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.  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.


            Finally, the U.S. Army Center of Military History provides many resources online related to various Army units during World War II that you may wish to review. We suggest that you contact them or the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center for additional assistance.


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