2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 8, 2020 8:46 AM by Joshua Schroeder

    Seeking burial site of Pvt. Max Shore

    Charlotte Peitzman Newbie

      On 12/12/18 Therry Schwartz posted on FindAGrave.com U.S. Signal Corps photo #53148 showing a temporary gravesite for four members of the U.S. Army 108th Division, including Pvt. Max Shore, who were killed in a munitions train explosion somewhere in France on October 2, 1918. I am trying to learn where in France this occurred (name of nearest town/village) and any other details known about this World War I event? Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking burial site of Pvt. Max Shore
          Elliot Schneider Navigator

          Charlotte,

           

          Please see document below showing was from Illinois, and looks like he was issued purple heart and ww1 victory medal. The 108th Ammunition Train I believe was under the 33rd Division which was a nucleus of the Illinois National Guard. Its not the 108th division. Here is a link with some additional information,

           

          https://history.army.mil/curriculum/wwi/docs/AdditionalResources/Combat_Service_of_Organizations_of_the_US_Army_in_the_W…

           

          Adriana Schroeder

          Illinois National Guard

          Command Historian

          Camp Lincoln

          1301 N. MacArthur Blvd.

          Springfield, IL 62702

          217-761-3975

           

           

          If he was from the Illinois area, please use this information below. They may have paperwork for you to fill out but you may get lucky depending how far back records go. They might have information on units and possibly his final pay records, or discharge papers.

           

          For further information call:  (217) 761-3910, fax (217) 761-3709, email us at, or write us:

          Illinois State Military Museum
          Department of Military Affairs
          1301 N. MacArthur Blvd.,
          Springfield, Illinois 62702-2399

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          THanks,

           

          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking burial site of Pvt. Max Shore
            Joshua Schroeder Wayfarer

            Dear Ms. Peitzman,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Ammunition Trains, 1917 - 1920  in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes records of the 108th Ammunition Train. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. There was no 108th Division that served during WWI.

             

            We also located the Series: Photographs of American Military Activities, ca. 1918 - ca. 1981 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes the digitized photograph of the GRAVES OF MEN OF THE 91ST Div. 3/4 kilo south of Epinonville, Meuse, France (SC-53148).

             

            The circumstances of his death may be contained in his burial case file. Burial case files for 1915 to 1939 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

             

            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 & RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

             

            We also 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. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

             

            Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, 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.

             

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