3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 15, 2020 6:46 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Where was Frederick Sapf buried?


      My uncle, Frederick Charles Stapf, was a soldier during WWII and was killed maybe in France. I am looking for his burial site, He was not returned home.

        • Re: Where was Frederick Sapf buried?
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Hi Janice,

          Welcome to History Hub


          Thank you for your Uncle's service to our country.

          I found a  Frederick Charles Stapf  on findagrave.com.  click on the link.


          Information has been filled in by Russ Pickett (a gentleman who does that for many servicemen)


          Best Wishes,

          Alice Lane

          Volunteer Researcher

          • Re: Where was Frederick Sapf buried?
            joan stachnik Tracker

            Janice, the American Battle Monuments Commission database has a Frederick C. Stapf buried at the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis, Tunisia. His ASN is 33199208 and a date of death of November 8, 1942; 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division (https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/stapf%3Dfrederick). If this is your relative, you can also contact the Archives to request his IDPF (or burial case file) for additional information. Hope this information is of some help. joan

            • Re: Where was Frederick Sapf buried?
              Jason Atkinson Ranger

              Dear Ms. Hohrein,


              Thank you for posting your request on HIstory Hub!


              While the information provided in the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) database and on Find-A-Grave answers your question, 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 (to include those who died while in 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. Please list his service number 33199208 and use his date of enlistment (see below) and date of death as his “date entered” and “date released.”  It is not necessary to list his social security number if you do not have this information, as his full name and service number should suffice to locate his file if it survived the 1973 fire. You may also wish to attach a memo or letter with any additional information such as his unit at the time of his death. This will make it easier for NPRC staff to locate auxiliary records if the OMPF was destroyed. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


              Also, the information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF).  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. IDPFs were unaffected by the 1973 fire.


              In addition, we searched the World War II Enlistment Records on the National Archives’ Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the following entry for STAPF#FREDERICK#C which states that he enlisted in Baltimore, Maryland on 4/4/1942 and provides additional information.

              Accord to the AMBC, Pvt. Stapf served in the 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division. 


              We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division. While unit records typically do not include detailed information about each soldier, individual soldiers are sometimes mentioned in reports and general orders. In particular, you may wish to check any histories and after action reports around the day he was killed, as these can provide insight into what happened that day.  Individual casualties are sometimes mentioned by name. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@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 RL-SL and RDT2. 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.


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

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