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Dear Ms. Francoeur,
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We searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 407) and located regimental histories for 1940 - December 1945; history of campaigns (Maknassy & Sedjenane) for March 22 - April 9, 1943 and April 16 - May 19, 1943 respectively; and after action reports for June 11, 1944 - September 1945 of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
In addition, the information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940 - 1976 for personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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might want to try reaching out to the 9th Division Association, you might be able to connect with other members or possibly even find someone that was in his unit. https://9thinfantry.org/
My great uncle was in the 60th Infantry Regiment (he was killed just a few weeks after your uncle died). He was originally an ambulance driver but, from the Battle of the Bulge until his death, he was a common infantryman (1st Battalion, Company C). He was from Mauston, WI which isn't too far from Genoa City. It would not be inconceivable that two boys from Wisconsin would gravitate toward each other and possibly become friends.
I found a great website that shows the order of battle for the 9th Infantry Division (which the 60th Infantry Regiment was assigned) ( 9th INFANTRY DIVISION - Order of Battle of the United States Army - WWII - ETO | U.S. Army Center of Military History). The reason I mention this is because it shows the dates and locations of the divisional headquarters - meaning our uncles were between 0 to 20 miles from those locations. If we could find the locations for the regimental HQ for the 60th we could pinpoint their whereabouts even better.
I notice that the date of your uncle's death is the day after the Remagen Bridge collapsed. I don't know if you know anything about military history but the capture and battle of the Remagen Bridge is considered to be one of the top five battles of the European campaign. The Germans threw everything they had at that bridge (an excellent account is at Battle of Remagen - Wikipedia). Your uncle, being an antiaircraft gunner was probably in the 376th AAA Battalion (see Composition | 9th Infantry Division in WWII). There is almost no doubt that he would have been right at the bridge in the very bullseye of the German effort.
I have some some light hearted and some heartbreaking letters from my uncle. I wouldn't mind sharing them with you so you should contact me.