6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 28, 2020 10:59 AM by Zolameda Zyrcoff

    Seeking family members of Pvt. L. W. Lindgren

    RALPH BITTER Wayfarer

      I found a testament inscribed by Chaplain W. (William) Wyeth Willard, dated July 8, 1942. Written note saying the book was found at "Isles of Espiritu Santo" 9/30/42. I'd be happy to reunite the book with his relatives.

        • Re: Seeking family members of Pvt. L. W. Lindgren
          Jason Atkinson Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Bitter,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          Given the location and rank that you provided, Private L.W. Lindgren may have served in the U.S. Marine Corps. We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who were separated from service after 1904 and prior to 1958 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.  You can also fax the form to 314-801-9195 OR view the record by visiting the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis, MO. You may leave blank any information requested by the form that you do not have. But the more information provided, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests

           

          If it is possible to locate an OMPF for him, it may provide additional biographical details about him that can assist in researching him and his family. However, the National Archives does not have the present addresses of former service personnel or their survivors on file.  The Federal agency most likely to have such addresses is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA can forward a message from you to the veteran, providing the veteran has filed a claim with VA, and they have an address on record. To forward a message, please write your message and place it in an unsealed, stamped envelope. Also include a note to the VA explaining who it is you are trying to reach and add as much identifying information as you have. Place all of this in another envelope addressed to the nearest Veterans Affairs Regional Office (you can find the address at https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp). If the veteran is in their records, your message to the veteran will be sealed and the envelope addressed to the address they have on file for the veteran. Please note that the veteran may not have informed the VA of a change of address, so they cannot guarantee receipt of your message. If the veteran receives your note, it is then up to the veteran to contact you.

           

          In regards to Chaplain W. Wyeth Willard, if this is Warren Wyeth Willard, we were able to locate a number of sources about him online, including an entry in Social Networks and Archival Context and an obituary in Brown Alumni Magazine which provides a P.O. Box for his daughter (which may not be current) and references a number of organizations he was associated with which may be able to get in touch with his family on your behalf.

          If you are certain that he was William Wyeth Willard, he may be another Navy Chaplain. We suggest that you  request a copy of his OMPF as well. OMPFs and individual medical reports of officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service after 1902 and prior to 1958 are located at  NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail another completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.  You can also fax the form to 314-801-9195 OR view the record by visiting the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis, MO.

           

          We hope this information is helpful.

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          • Re: Seeking family members of Pvt. L. W. Lindgren
            Zolameda Zyrcoff Newbie

            PFC Leonard William Lundgren USMC Svc # 331565, Born 29 October 1924 Duluth, Minn., Enlisted 16 December 1941 at Minneapolis, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

            parents Mr Leonard J Lindgren, 339 Coast Blvd, LaJolla, CA,

            wounded in action Solomon Islands 1942

            wounded in action Gilbert Islands 1943

            http://tarawa1943.com/pages/Chaplain%20Willard%20Info.htm

            chaplain Wyeth Willard was a chaplain in the 2nd Marine Division and his journal states that he offered the men a New Testament to carry with them.

            • Re: Seeking family members of Pvt. L. W. Lindgren
              RALPH BITTER Wayfarer

              Hi Zolameda. Thank you for your information, I will check it out. I'm still leaning toward "Lloyd" because I found a relative, a son I believe, by the the name of Ralph WILLARD Lindgren. That makes sense if the Chaplain Willard made an impression during on Lloyd during their encounter overseas. Id be happy to hear and comments or suggestion you might add.

                • Re: Seeking family members of Pvt. L. W. Lindgren
                  Zolameda Zyrcoff Newbie

                  Mr. Bitter, There is an online family tree for Leonard William Lindgren.  He had a son that passed away in 2014 and his obituary shows his surviving family members:

                   

                  Mark Frank Lindgren, 66. A lifelong St. Charles resident and local business owner, Mark Lindgren, passed away on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. He was born in St. Charles on Sept. 5, 1948. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Mark attended college with a focus on botany. In 1973, Mark co-founded B & L Landscaping in St. Charles, and during his 41-year career he enhanced the beauty of the Tri-Cities through this business. He took much joy in building relationships and providing quality service, and he impacted many people, their homes, and their businesses by beautifying their landscapes. His most proud achievements included working with St. John Neumann Catholic Church and, most recently, the Salvation Army on 7th Avenue. For over 30 years, Mark looked forward to the holiday season when he would help families pick out their Christmas tree. It was an opportunity for him to connect with the families in the community and share in the joy of the season, along with sharing hot apple cider and cookies to complete the tradition. Mark was also an avid local and Chicago sports fan. He certainly passed that passion on to his sons, as they spent countless hours attending and watching games together. Not lost on his family was the fact that he never missed any of his sons' sporting events. Throughout his life, Mark was a proud supporter and member of the VFW, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. If you ever spent time with Mark, you undoubtedly experienced his fantastic sense of humor. Even as his illness progressed, he still retained the ability to make us all laugh with his incredible wit. His smile could light up a room and his laugh was contagious. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard William and Elsie (Johnsen) Lindgren, and brother-in-law, Roger Holdaway. Mark is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 40 years, Mona (Ruane) Lindgren. He was the proud father of his sons Ryan (wife Jen), Jason (wife Katie, grandson Nolan), and Todd (wife Erin). He is also survived by his six older siblings: Mary (Robert Seaberg), Leonard (Joni), Ruth Ann (Jim Ott), Lois (Tom Lerra), Grace Holdaway, and John (Virginia). A large number of nieces, nephews, and cousins were also an important part of his life.

                • Re: Seeking family members of Pvt. L. W. Lindgren
                  Zolameda Zyrcoff Newbie

                  Mr Bitter, you can contact me if you need help