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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 1960 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the online database of the American Battle Monuments Commission Burials and Memorials register and located an entry for Jack Woods at the Normandy American Cemetery. According to his headstone, he served in the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division and died on July 5, 1944.
Then, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that include histories, operations reports, and general orders of the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division for 1944. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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Additionally, we suggest you obtain a copy of his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405. They are being scanned by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in order to properly identify remains of those still listed as missing.
Finally, we searched online and located the History of the 313th Infantry in World War II that has been digitized and made available for free. Jack Woods is mentioned on page 201.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thanks very much for all the information. Apologies for taking so long to reply. I will follow up and hope that I can discover more about Private Woods.
Here is some information. Here is where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56651643/jack-woods
Name: Jack M Woods Gender: Male Marriage License Date: 18 Feb 1942 Marriage License Place: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Spouse: Mary K Kennett License Number: 3950 Name: Jack Woods Rank: Private Residence Place: New York Service Number: 42022012 Military Branch: U.S. Army War: World War II Cemetery: Normandy American Cemetery Burial Place: France
Elliot, thanks very much for this information especially the name of the next of kin for Private Woods. Apologies for taking so long to reply to your note.
I will be following up as much as I can to find out more about this young man and hope to be able to find some family members I can connect with.