2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2022 10:37 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking debriefings & photos of Dale Orin VonLinger

    William McLane Newbie

      My Father-in-Law, Dale Orin VonLinger was one of the US Army Air Corps POWs rescued from Cabanatuan POW Camp on Luzon, P. I.  He went from Clark Field as part of the evacuation to the Bataan peninsula but managed to get to Corregidor and was captured when Corregidor fell on the 6th or May 1942.  I have an original card which has the following info on it: HQ SQ FEAMCOM APO 323 Fuchu Japan dated 01 Jul 1947 it states he was there for treatment on 23 Jul 1947 for recurrent malaria contracted on Bataan, Luzon, P.I. April 1942 in the line of duty.  The card also as a section titled DISPOSION with the entry 376 Station Hospital APO 704.   I have a newspaper article that states he was involved with helping burying photos in a glass jar of some of the atrocities committed by the Japanese and he went back to help find these photos.  I don't know why else he would have been back in Japan.  I would really like to find any records of any debriefings or photos that the US Army has in their archives regarding my Father-in-Law.

        • Re: Seeking debriefings & photos of Dale Orin VonLinger
          Elliot Schneider Guide



          Here is some information.


          Name:Dale O Von Linger
          Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
          Rank:Staff Sergeant
          Birth Year:1920
          Nativity State or Country:Illinois
          Residence:Piatt, Illinois
          Education:2 years of high school
          Civil Occupation:Automotive Mechanic
          Enlistment Date:13 Nov 1945
          Enlistment Place:Santa Ana Army Air Base, California
          Service Number:06913538
          Branch:Air Corps
          Component:Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
          Source:National Guard in Federal Service, within 3 months of Discharge


          Name:Dale O Vonlinger
          Birth Date:11 Feb 1920
          Death Date:30 May 1974
          Enlistment Date:16 May 1939
          Discharge Date:12 Nov 1945
          Enlistment Branch 1:ARMY
          Enlistment Date 1:13 Nov 1945
          Discharge Date 1:2 Feb 1948



          Name:Linger Dale O Von
          Branch of Service:Ordnance Department
          Service Number:6913538
          Sub Unit:698th Ordnance Company (Aviation)
          Assigned Unit:27th Bombardment Group (Light)
          Parent Unit:V Bomber Command
          Source:Cabanatuan Liberation roster
          POW Camp/Notes:Liberated at Cabanatuan


          Name:Dale O Von Linger
          Death Age:54
          Birth Date:11 Feb 1920
          Service Start Date:16 May 1939
          Service End Date:20 Feb 1948
          Death Date:30 May 1974
          Interment Date:31 May 1974
          Interment Place:Illinois, USA
          Cemetery Address:1900 East Main Street VA Medical Center Danville, IL 61832
          Cemetery:Danville National Cemetery, IL
          Plot:Section 15 Site 5740
          Notes:S Sgt Us Army World War Ii
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          • Re: Seeking debriefings & photos of Dale Orin VonLinger
            Jason Atkinson Guide

            Dear Mr. McLane,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the Records of World War II Prisoners of War, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) that includes a file for  that includes an entry for VON LINGER DALE O. We also located World War II Prisoners of the Japanese File, 2007 Update, ca. 1941 - ca. 1945 in the Records of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (Collection ADBC) that includes an entry for VON LINGER DALE O. Next, the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes a file pertaining to VON#LINGER#DALE#O. Please note that this file shows him enlisted on 13 November 1945 as a Staff Sergeant, which suggests that it related to his reenlistment after release from captivity rather than his initial enlistment prior to his capture.


            Plus, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located Testimonies and Investigation Files, 1945 - 1948 in the Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 331) that includes the file Vonlinger, Dale O. Further, we located Statements and Affidavits, 1945 - 1949 in Record Group 331 that includes the file Von Linger, Dale O. (S. Sgt.). These records have not been digitized and are not available online. Additionally, we located the Far East Name Index to the Series "Case Files, 1944-1949", 1944 - 1949 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) that includes the digitized file Van Wieringhen Borski, G. J. THRU Warren, Arnold Hiles. Images 386, 387, 388, 389, and 390 are index cards for “Von Linger, Dale O.” Image 386 references buried Death March pictures. The index cards have been digitized and may be viewed online. This series is an index to the series Case Files, 1944-1949 in Record Group 153. The case files have not been digitized.


            Next, we located Reports of Accidents and Injuries, 1933 - 1942 in the records of the Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps (Record Group 35) that includes the non-digitized file Von Linger, Dale O. While unrelated to the incidents that you are researching, we thought that this may be of general genealogical interest to you if your father-in-law also served in the CCC and this file is related to him. Additionally, we located "Happy Days" Newspapers, 5/20/1933 - 10/26/1940 in Record Group 35 which includes Volume VI, Issue 22: October 8, 1938. Dale Von Linger is briefly referenced on Image 5, page 9 of the publication, under the headline Safety Record Restored.


            For more information about all of the non-digitized records listed above, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Photographs of various U.S. Army activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Individual Records (Enrollees), 1933 - 1943 in the Records of the U.S. Civil Service Commission (Record Group 146) that may include a record for Dale O. Von Linger. Please submit a NA Form 14136, Request Pertaining to Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records to the address on the form and include as much information as possible to assist in identifying the correct record. For any questions, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at stl.archives@nara.gov.


            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.


            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, 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!