1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 5, 2020 12:23 PM by Joshua Schroeder

    Seeking identity of soldier in picture taken during WWII


      Could someone identify the soldier in the picture taken in France close to the city of Metz, in 1945, shortly before the soldier returned to the States? I am trying to help someone who is looking for that soldier's name as he is her great-grandfather. Thanks.

      American Soldier from WWII - in France close to the city of Metz - 1945

        • Re: Seeking identity of soldier in picture taken during WWII
          Joshua Schroeder Wayfarer

          Dear Ms. Davis,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Station Lists, 1942 - 1953 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407). The lists are arranged by theater [such as European Theater of Operations (ETO)] and thereunder by date. The lists are generally monthly or biweekly.  Each list is arranged by type of unit and thereunder in order by unit name or number. The nearest town is listed for each unit. There are 3 lists for ETO Normandy Base Section from May 23 to June 22, 1945 and 17 for ETO Continental from May 7 to December 29, 1945 (Boxes 19-21). For access to these lists, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Once you know the units, we suggest reviewing the morning reports. Morning reports for Army units (from November 1, 1912 to 1959) and Air Force units (from September 1947 to June 30, 1966) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


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