3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 9, 2022 2:34 PM by Jo Shipley

    Seeking Military Records of Francis X Cooney serial # 33605404.

    Eileen Molecavage Newbie

      Seeking records or information on Francis X Cooney serial number 33605404. Landed on Omaha beach 6/4/1944 and wounded 6/13/1944. Interested in any information such as when and where he was wounded and treated and subsequent assignments or where he was until end of war.

        • Re: Seeking Military Records of Francis X Cooney serial # 33605404.
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Eileen,

           

          Here is some information WW2 Hospital Cards and Enlistment Record: and PA State Burial Card

          Looks like he was with the 1st Division 26th Infantry Regiment. Just a side note most of the Cooney Brothers served in the military.

           

           

           

           

          Name:Francis X Cooney
          Race:White
          Marital status:Single, with dependents (Single)
          Rank:Private
          Birth Year:1925
          Nativity State or Country:Pennsylvania
          Citizenship:Citizen
          Education:4 years of high school
          Civil Occupation:Unskilled occupations in production of bakery products, n.e.c.
          Enlistment Date:13 May 1943
          Enlistment Place:Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
          Service Number:33605404
          Branch:No branch assignment
          Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
          Source:Civil Life
          Height:86
          Weight:102

           

           

           

           

           

          Name:Francis X Cooney
          Race:White, includes Mexican (White)
          Rank:Enlisted Man
          Admission Age:19
          Birth Date:abt 1925
          Admission Date:Jun 1944
          Discharge Date:Aug 1944
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Diagnosis:FirstLocation: Ribs, costal cartilage; SecondLocation: Upper extremity: Scapular region; ; CausativeAgent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified
          Type of Injury:Casualty, battle
          Medical Treatment:Closure of wound, delayed (suture, secondary to wound) (delayed closure)
          Injured in Line of Duty:In line of duty
          Type of Discharge:Duty
          Length of Service:1 Year(s), 2 Month(s)
          Service Number:33605404

           

           

           

          Name:Francis X Cooney
          Race:White, includes Mexican (White)
          Rank:Enlisted Man
          Admission Age:19
          Birth Date:abt 1925
          Admission Date:Sep 1944
          Discharge Date:Nov 1944
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Diagnosis:FirstLocation: Thoracic wall, generally; SecondDiagnosis: [withheld by NARA]; ThirdDiagnosis: Reaction to drugs, vaccines, serums (other than acute poisonings): Tetanus toxoid (tetanus shot)CausativeAgent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified
          Type of Injury:Casualty, battle
          Medical Treatment:Removal of foreign bodies from others
          Injured in Line of Duty:In line of duty
          Type of Discharge:Duty
          Length of Service:1 Year(s), 6 Month(s)
          Service Number:33605404
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          • Re: Seeking Military Records of Francis X Cooney serial # 33605404.
            Zachary Dabbs Tracker

            Dear Ms. Molecavage,

             

            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.

             

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

             

            • Re: Seeking Military Records of Francis X Cooney serial # 33605404.
              Jo Shipley Adventurer

              Attached are a couple of newspaper clippings about Mr. Cooney.  It appears he was wounded twice, once on June 13th, 1944, and again in September 1944.  According to the 26th Infantry, 1st Division After Action Report, Pvt. Cooney's unit, the 26th Regiment (per his burial card above), attempted to take the French town of Caumont on June 13th, 1944, and came under German fire including artillery shelling.

               

              The second newspaper article mentions Cooney was wounded in Hanover, Germany, although this does not match up with Pvt. Cooney's second hospital admission card date of September 1944.  During September 1944, the First Division was in northern France and Belgium.  The following link lists the headquarters locations of the 1st Division:

              https://history.army.mil/documents/ETO-OB/1ID-ETO-OB.htm

               

              From November 26, 1943, to April 9, 1945, Colonel John F. R. Seitz commanded the 26th Infantry Regiment.  The biography link below traces the route of the 26th Regiment from Normandy until early April 1945.  If Pvt. Cooney served with Company B, 26th Regiment through the entirety of the war, he would have been a member of the 1st battalion of the 26th Regiment and this biography would give you a good idea of where and when he was located during the war.

              https://military-history.fandom.com/wiki/John_F._R._Seitz

               

               

               

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