Dear Ms. Felton,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes the 90th Division and files of the 315th Engineer Regiment in Boxes 36-39. We also located Records of Engineer Regiments and Battalions, 1912 - 1921 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) which may include records of the regiment. For access to and/or copies of these files, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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We also searched online and located the following resources that have information relating to the 90th Division and/or the 315th Engineer Regiment.
- The 90th Division Association Unit Histories
- Texas State Historical Association: Ninetieth Division
- A History of the 90th Division
- American Armies and Battlefields in Europe
- Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War, Volume 2 American Expeditionary Forces: Divisions
- Battle Participation of Organizations of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, Belgium and Italy 1917-1918
- Combat Service of Organizations of the United States Army in the World War
- Service of Major Organizations of U.S. Army Outside Continental Limits of the U.S. During the World War
- 90th Division, summary of operations in the World War. Prepared by the American Battle Monuments Commission
- The 90th Division in World War I The Texas-Oklahoma Draft Division in the Great War
- Library of Congress Veterans History Project: Don Hershal Crysup Collection
- Google Books search results for "315th engineer regiment"
You also may wish to contact the U.S. Army Engineer Museum.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Thank you so much; you've been most helpful! Wishing you a happy and healthy year!
Here are some things. With information below now you may request his military records with information below.
Where do I go to request his military records? Thank you so much for providing the index card w/ his enlistment date and discharge date. Is the number 2-853-299 Luther's serial number? What do these other numbers represent?
Do you know anything at all about Company F in the 315th Engineers regiment?
Thank you for your time,
Company F was part of the 2nd Battalion of the 315th Engineer Regiment. The unit records mentioned in the first reply probably include some level of detail about the activities of specific battalions within the regiment, and may include some information on individual companies. Also, the history of Company A on one of the web pages linked in the first comment contains two mentions of Second Battalion on pages 40 and 45. Unfortunately I couldn't find a comparable history of any of the other companies, however overall the various companies would have been conducting similar missions, so reading about the other companies will provide insight into what the experience of Company F was like.
Just a few more suggestions for research sources.
Fold3 includes some WWI Officer Experience Reports for the 315th Engineers
These are behind a paywall, however you might want to set up a 7 free trial to see if these are anything you are interested in. Also, if you have an Ancestry subscription, you can get a discount on Fold3 membership.
The original records for these specific reports are part of a larger National Archives series Historical Reports of the Chief Engineer, 5/26/1917 - 8/31/1920 which in addition to the officer reports has a wealth of other information about US Army Engineers during World War 1, to include the file Histories 209th-319th Engineers which might includes a history of the 315th. The point of contact for these records is Archives2reference@nara.gov.
Thank you so much for your help!
Thank you so much for your help!
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Yes that's his service number and below that are the dates he served during the war. The other numbers on right had side might indicate veterans file number for disability, not sure.
You need to request his records from the NPRC in St. Louis, MO. I would use the SF-180 form which is available online or the website. Print it out and fill in as much information on the form you can.
Right now the NPRC is only processing emergency requests for records. Suggest waiting for normal operations to resume.
Thank you so much, Elliot! Have a good week : )