3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 29, 2021 2:08 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking service records for Joseph P Doll

    Matt Doll Newbie

      Hello, I am hoping somebody could shed some light on the military service of my grandfather, Joseph P Doll. He was a PFC assigned to A Co, 264th INF REGT, 66th INF DIV. He was out of PA. I have attached the photo below which is a roster of all who served in the 66th. I know the unit saw combat in the Northern French theater from late 1944 to 1945. The infamous sinking of the SS Leopoldville was carrying troops from the 262nd, 263rd and 264th but I can not find reference to him on any of the manifests. I am not totally sure if he was there or not but I’ve always been told he was on the ship. Doesn’t matter to me, he’s still a hero. Would just like to see if anything further on his service exists out there. Thank you. Matt.

        • Re: Seeking service records for Joseph P Doll
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Matt,

           

          Here is some information. Please look at the WW2 Hospital Admissions Card that indicates he was aboard that ship that sunk causing him his injuries.

           

          Name:Joseph P Doll
          Race:White, includes Mexican (White)
          Rank:Enlisted Man
          Admission Age:19
          Birth Date:abt 1925
          Admission Date:Dec 1944
          Discharge Date:Jan 1944
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Diagnosis:FirstLocation: Unknown, code not applicable; SecondDiagnosis: Otitis media, acute or unqualified as to acute or chronic; ThirdDiagnosis: Bronchitis, acuteCausativeAgent: Boat, Sunk or Damaged, Other or Unspecified
          Type of Injury:Casualty, battle
          Injured in Line of Duty:In line of duty
          Type of Discharge:Duty
          Length of Service:2 Year(s), 5 Month(s)
          Service Number:33787388

           

           

          Name:Joseph P Doll
          Race:White
          Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
          Rank:Private
          Birth Year:1925
          Nativity State or Country:Pennsylvania
          Citizenship:Citizen
          Residence:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          Education:3 years of high school
          Enlistment Date:28 Jun 1943
          Enlistment Place:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          Service Number:33787388
          Branch:No branch assignment
          Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
          Source:Civil Life
          Height:98
          Weight:999

           

           

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          • Re: Seeking service records for Joseph P Doll
            Rachael Salyer Ranger

            Dear Mr. Doll,

             

            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 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 also searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file related to Joseph P. Doll from Pennsylvania. If you believe this individual is your grandfather, please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

             

            Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located 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) that includes 21 files related to the 66th Infantry Division.  The series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) may also include records related to your grandfather’s unit. Please note that these records do not generally include information about individuals; rather, they provide information about the activities and engagements of the unit as a whole. 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.

             

            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.  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 US Army Center of Military History provides an online Order of Battle of the US Army - WWII - ETO 66th INFANTRY DIVISION that may be of interest to you. We suggest that you contact them directly for additional assistance.

             

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