Dear Mr. Newbie,
The Mortuary Affairs department with the U.S. Army Quartermasters handle retrieval and burial of deceased American military personnel. It was previously called Graves Registration Service. You may contact them directly regarding these affairs.
The Individual Deceased Personnel Files for the WWII-Korean War period are held at the National Archives at St. Louis. You can learn more about these from this presentation. They may provide valuable insight into the details of the death and remains. You may request this file via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A list of OSS member records held at the National Archives in College Park, MD can be accessed in this searchable PDF. I was not able to locate any persons named “Lessing” on this list but you may request additional searches for related records from email@example.com or possible related civilian federal service from firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Archives at St. Louis also hold Morning Reports for this time period and branch. You may wish to search the morning reports to find out more about the unit to answer your final few questions.
I hope these additional resources can provide you with more information!
Cara Moore Lebonick
National Archives at St. Louis
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Thank you Cara.
I have already contacted the St. Louis archives for the IDPF and have received whatever they have. Apparently 6 pages are missing from their copy as well as the one I received from another request directly from JPAC (when they had that name) when the Army transferred the records to them.
I will contact the Quartermaster—Graves Registration for whatever they might have on file. I do know that I have records from the Quartermaster in the IDPF from 1942 and they were really not very helpful as they said at the time that he had been recovered and buried in Canada! Which turned out to be false.
I have already contacted the St. Louis archives for any records that they might have regarding the units, but I did not specifically ask for the morning reports. The units by name were negative as I recall, but will ask for the morning reports as you recommended.
Stanley A. Kober, KC2ZXB
Past Post Commander (2005-2013)
Washington Elm VFW Post 192
620 Cliff Street
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
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