5 Replies Latest reply on May 30, 2020 1:47 PM by Stephen Sparks

    Seeking Documentation for Distinguished Flying Cross of Charles Roy Sneed

    Stephen Sparks Newbie

      Trying to locate any documentation for a MIA WWII Army Air Corps officer, Charles Roy Sneed,  O-373918, lost while a POW on a Japanese Hell Ship. I specifically need documentation for his Distinguished Flying Cross, any service records not destroyed in the fire of 1973, etc. Trying to locate anything and everything possible. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking Documentation for Distinguished Flying Cross of Charles Roy Sneed
          Alice Lane Scout

          Hi Stephen,

          I googled the name Charles Roy Sneed and found this

          https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000OlVBPEA3

           

          I hope you are able to contact someone through this website to obtain more information.

          Best Wishes

          Alice

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            • Re: Seeking Documentation for Distinguished Flying Cross of Charles Roy Sneed
              Stephen Sparks Newbie

              Thank You Alice. 

               

              The information listed on the DPAA website is the only public information known.  Our family has a lot more information about him, but need to find supporting documents to help verify information.  He received a Distinguished Flying Cross on Dec 8, 1941 for the initial air battles of the Philippines by shooting down 3 Japanese aircraft. I believe these were the only aircraft shot down in the beginning of the battle before Bataan fell.    He then, along with another pilot, flew an AP war correspondent off of Bataan, and after crashing the same plane twice, finally got them all to Mindanao.  He then stayed on Mindanao until it fell, becoming a POW.  Finally, he was put on the hell ships and both were bombed and sunk.  He died on a hell ship in the harbor of Formosa and was buried on Formosa.  After the war, the US government removed the bodies of those troops and reburied them in Punchbowl in Hawaii in a grave for the unknowns.  We have been told, the DPAA will be disinterring these remains for DNA testing soon.  I'm trying to get every document I can find on him.  Most seem to be lost.

            • Re: Seeking Documentation for Distinguished Flying Cross of Charles Roy Sneed
              Alice Lane Scout

              Stephen,

              I FOUND THIS ON GOOGLE BOOKS, Are you familiar with the book titled, December 8, 1941, MacArthur's Pearl Harbor, by William H. Bartsch. In the index Charley Sneed is listed as being mentioned on 5 pages. It is not a read-online-book. Only a few pages can be seen online on google books. He and all members of his 20th Pursuit Squadron are listed in the book.

              Alice

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              • Re: Seeking Documentation for Distinguished Flying Cross of Charles Roy Sneed
                Jason Atkinson Pioneer

                Dear Mr. Sparks,

                 

                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                 

                We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 in the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (Record Group 64) that includes the file Air Force Award Cards [Distinguished Flying Cross]: Smith, Sam - Speiss, Eliot containing the digitized Award Card for Captain Sneed's Distinguished Flying Cross. This card cites General Order (GO) Number 26, dated 28 August 1942, General Headquarters (GHQ), Southwest Pacific Area.

                 

                We searched the National Archives Catalog and located General Orders, 1942 - 1946 and Records Relating to Awards, 1942 - 1946 in Records of General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area and United States Army Forces, Pacific (World War II), 1941 - 1947 (Record Group 496) that may include a record of this award. We also located World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that may contain the GHQ, Southwest Pacific Area GOs you seek.

                 

                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.

                 

                We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army (to include the U.S. Army Air Corps) who were separated from the service after June 1917 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. Next of kin can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

                 

                U.S. Air Force Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) from 1940-1973 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RL-SL, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov for access to these records.

                 

                Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RL-SL. Also, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764.  We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.

                 

                For information regarding prisoners of war and U.S. servicemen missing during WWII, to include recent attempts to identified unknown remains, we suggest you contact the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Public Affairs Office, 2300 Defense Pentagon, ATTN: External Affairs, Washington DC 20301-2300. The web site is https://www.dpaa.mil/Contact/Contact-Us/

                 

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

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