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Dear Ms. Miles,
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The information you seek may be contained in the person’s Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940-1976 for personnel with surnames that begin with A-L 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 email@example.com.
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 RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405.
Further, you may want to make some inquiries at the local county clerk or circuit clerk offices. In some cases, local community historical societies have gone through old records and noted relevant information. However, it does vary from one county to another, one state to another. Also, local newspapers might be useful sources. Generally speaking, if an incident occurred off-base, it would have been a civilian matter with military liaison involved.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you for posting to the History Hub.
It appears from your writing that your Great-grandfather was drafted after the war and after serving two years, was discharged. If this is the case and assuming his discharge was before 1954, the Army would have no jurisdiction in the case. The local police would have handled everything. This would have been the case, even if the Officer was shot on the base.
Good luck on your search for information.