2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 11, 2020 7:36 AM by Jim Lowell

    Seeking Post-WWII Austria Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) records

    Jim Lowell Newbie

      Might you be able to point me towards the Counter Intelligence Corps(CIC) which my father joined after he recovered from his wounds suffered in a shelling of a farmhouse in Frasinetta, Italy in October of 1944.  In late 1944, he successfully applied and subsequently joined the Office of Strategic Services as an Intelligence Officer and after the war ended, transitioned to a Counter Intelligence Officer, (Officer #9302) working in Austria.  From a diary entry on May 14, 1945, he notes  "reported to Col. Thill- G 31 (B)  (CIC)"  which I assume is a branch of the CIC.  I have tried to locate any records of the CIC or Col. Thill to no avail.  Any chance you could offer some (more) suggestions as this puzzle comes together, please? Thanks so much.

        • Re: Seeking Post-WWII Austria Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) records
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Lowell,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Since we were unable to locate records of CIC units in Austria after WWII, we concentrated on the intelligence or military government units in Austria and Germany. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 11 series in the Records of U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 260) pertaining to the G-2 (Intelligence) Section of the U.S. Forces in Austria. In case he was stationed in Germany, we also located the series of Military Government  Detachment Reports from Hesse, 1947 - 1947 that includes a file unit titled Hesse Bensheim Det G-31; and the series Records Related to Local Governments, 1945 - 1949 that includes a file unit titled Lk Heppenheim Lk Bergstrasse G-31. Both of these series also are in Record Group 260. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


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            • Re: Seeking Post-WWII Austria Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) records
              Jim Lowell Newbie

              I took your information from your May 14, 2020 response which I very much appreciated and researched where I could about my father's time in the OSS.   I looked in two databases with listings of OSS personnel from the mid-1940's and his name was not listed, even though his transcript says Counter Intelligence Officer 9302.  See all images below.  He was definitely not in Germany, but was in Austria and Italy.


              His transcript lists him under Organization-  "G-2 Section Hq 15th Army Group"  under Military Occupational Specialty and number- "Counter Intelligence Off 9302"  and under Remarks- ASR Score (2 Sep 45)  73, Authorized Combat Infantry Badge, On terminal leave from 17 Feb 46 to 26 April 46 inclusive,  Lapel Button Issued".

              From this website below:  https://www.archives.gov/files/iwg/declassified-records/rg-226-oss/personnel-database.pdf  He should have been listed between Robert I. Lowe (SN 34343890 in Box 464) and Dyno Lowenstein (SN 32617708 in Box 464) but was not.  His SN by the way is 01322052.


              From the earlier, 1962 database below, again he should have been listed between L. Lovegren and D. Lowenthal.