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That's interesting. This is the image the Army has posted for that gravestone. Where are you seeing the "OFC OF STRAT SER DC"?
Thank you, Jason. I was reading the information from the U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 (Ancestry.com)
Your further details have been a great help. I was at Arlington in July 2017, wish I knew then I had a relative to visit. Next time! Also exciting to know Harry was part of the Lost Battalion incident. You have given me plenty to read about Harry.
He is my 3rd Cousin, once removed. Part of the family became 'Van Wig" and some remained Wanvig, my mother's maiden name being Van Wig. Been doing "cluster research" on this family line.
Once again - thank you for your assistance. If I can ever help out in California, please ask!
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That being said, an Office of Strategic Services personnel file for "Wanvig, Harry F. - [Serial Number] 171525" can be found at the National Archives at College Park. You should email Archives2reference@nara.gov for more information about these records.
Because Col. Harry Wanvig served in the US Army, you should also check out this link which provides infomation about how to request copies of Official Military Personnel Files.
Other information about researching your family history can be found here.
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Based on available secondary sources, you might also be interested to know that Harry F. Wanvig was an Army reserve artillery battalion commander in WWI and played a minor role in the famous "Lost Battalion" incident. He was also in the insurance business before and after the war. He shows up in the 1940 Census.
He is also in the Army Register at least as late as 1954, in reserve status.
There are a number of hits in various subscription newspaper sites, such as this. Most related to "society" news. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/83190026/
At least one declassified OSS records posted online by the CIA, mentions him. His name also comes up in a number of other OSS records, to include a survey apparently done by him of Caserta.
The marriage of Katherine Glendinning to him is mentioned here and here in relationship to her role in the history of Hopkins School.
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Hello Ms. McMahon,
From the description you give it appears that Harry Wanvig was a Colonel with the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. This page on the CIA Website should provide some additional context.
You may be interested to know that the National Archives and Records Administration has declassified OSS records useful to genealogists. These are in Record Group 226, Records of the Office of Strategic Services, Entry A1 224, OSS Personnel Records.
We gave a cursory glance at Col. Wanvig’s file. He joined the OSS on October 6, 1943. He was sent home to New York City on November 4, 1944 whereupon he was rendered inactive not due to disability. The records also describe reimbursements, duty assignments, and personal leave.
There are approximately 75 pages of material. If you are able to visit the National Archives in College Park, you can view the records for free plus any costs associated with using our copying equipment. If you cannot visit the National Archives, please know that our current fee for electrostatic (paper) or digital (on disk) copies is $0.80 per page with a minimum mail order fee of $20.00. Allow 30-60 days for delivery. Please do not send a check or money order until you have received a price quote.
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