1 person found this helpful
Here is some information. Here is also a photo from the Upsher County ww2 service memorials. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/193580545/joseph-ercel-kincaid
Name: Joseph Ercel Kincaid Gender : Male Rank: FC 2/c Age: 22 Birth Date: 29 Jul 1920 Birth Place : Upshur, West Virginia School: Buckhannon-Upshur High School Enlistment Date: 7 Sep 1942 Enlistment Place: Cleveland, Ohio Death Date: 30 Jul 1945 Death Place: USS Indianapolis off Leyte, Philippine Islands Branch of Service: US Navy Theater of War : Great Lakes, Ill.; San Francisco, Calif.; Pacific Theatre Type of Medal: PH, 10 BS, P. Unit Cit., G. Cond. M., VM, Amer., AP, P. I. Lib. Father: Bernie Lloyd Kincaid Mother: Ora May Tolliver
Thanks so much for the information. I actually have most of this information already, but I appreciate your help. Do you have any way of checking the records for the Great Lakes Naval Training Station? I guess now that I know his enlistment date, that will narrow down when he may have been there. Although he enlisted in Cleveland, O., I don't know how soon they have to go to bootcamp. I'm assuming sometime the first part of Sept. 1942, and I don't know how long bootcamp is to know when he would've graduated. But 1942 would be a place to start. Thanks again! Karen
Dear Ms. Roseler,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hbu!
Group photographs taken at basic training or boot camp were not considered permanent records unless the photographs were taken by official military photographers usually for publicity. Photographs of various Navy activities from 1940 to 2007 (that are permanent) are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at email@example.com.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Navy and Marine Corps Casualty Records, 1898 - 1970 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include a file for Joseph E. Kincaid. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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 RDSS and Rl-SL. 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.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!