Dear Ms. Mayhue,
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We searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 407) and located histories for 1944 & 1945; operations journal for 26 August 1944 to 10 October 1945; and general orders for 1944-1945 of the 44th Coast Artillery Battalion. The 44th was on Saipan (22 February 1944) and Iwo Jima (11 April 1945). For access to and/or copies, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com. We were unable to locate a unit with the designation 44th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion.
To determine if this is the correct unit, we suggest that you request a copy of your father’s 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 prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA’s National Personnel Records Center 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.
Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and born before 1960 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757. There are two types of records: ledgers and cards. The ledgers are in the public domain and not restricted by privacy. The cards are considered personal information and written permission for release, a death certificate, and/or an indication that the information is requested for genealogical purposes should accompany the request for copies of the cards. Please complete Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!