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A soldier remembers a great battle by Charles Cawthon
Memoir of the Battle at St. Lô, Normandy, France
Are you looking for family history or just knowledge about his time in the war?
A relative of yours has a family tree on Ancestry.com his name is Robert Michael Stambaugh. Lots of information about your dad. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/119497864/family/familyview?dtid=100
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I found these two military documents on Ancestry.com.
One is an enlistment card. The second is a Veteran Compensation Application. I hope this helps!
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Dear Ms. Lehre,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We also searched the Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 and located the following entry that may be your father.
Name: Emmett Stambaugh
Birth Date: 20 Jun 1923
Death Date: 8 Jun 1980
Branch 1: ARMY
Enlistment Date 1: 2 Oct 1943
Release Date 1: 26 Apr 1946
We suggest that you request a copy of his 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 1958 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. Veterans and their next of kin can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. The AAD entry cited above provides his service number and the BIRLS entry provides his dates of service. Please include this information in your request. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and were 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: cards and classification histories. The individual Draft Registration Card (SSS Form 1) may contain information such as: name, Selective Service registration number, age, date and place of birth, ethnicity, place of residence at time of registration and basic physical description. The Classification History (SSS Form 102) may contain: name; date of birth; classification and date of mailing notice; date of appeal to the board; date and results of armed forces physical examination; entry into active duty or civilian work in lieu of induction (may include date, branch of service entered and mode of entry, such as enlisted or ordered); date of separation from active duty or civilian work; and general remarks. Please complete a Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records.
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Hospital Admission Card Files, ca. 1970 - ca. 1970, documenting 1942 - 1954 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112) which contains an entry for service number 33871586. The original records do not contain service member names. These hospital records are available on Ancestry as the data collection U.S. WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954. Ancestry has cross-referenced the service numbers in these records with other records to assign names to many of the entries in the database. Their entry for Emmett E Stambaugh lists the following information.
Name: Emmett E Stambaugh
Admission Date: Apr 1944
Discharge Date: 1944
Diagnosis: CausativeAgent: Instrument or object, Cutting or Piercing (includes enemy)
Type of Discharge: Duty
Length of service: No entry made
Service Number: 33871586
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We also located an entry for Emmett E. Stambaugh in the Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966 on Ancestry. These records were provided to Ancestry by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and are not included in the release of National Archives records mentioned above. We are attaching a courtesy copy of the record which we accessed through the National Archives’s institutional subscription to Ancestry.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!