Would you be willing to share additional information pertaining to your relative/spouse. Many of us here are very knowledgeable and can assist.
I don't mind sharing at all. Thank you for your response. I am particularly looking for Army records for my father Adolph Obholz and his close friend Russell Sohn. They were in the Army for only a short time, probably towards the end of WWII, as both were in their 40's at the time.Thank you for trying to help.
Was Adolph Obholtz born Sept. 22, 1900 in Mariental, Russia and lived in Chicago in 1942? If so, his 1942 World War II Draft Registration is online (on Ancestry.com).
The National Archives Access to Archival Databases (AAD) has no Obholz listed in its WWII records databases. This includes an Army database that shows the names and info of men who served.
A quick search of WWII military records on Ancestry.com as well as Fold3.com did not show any military mention of him apart from the draft registration (this search included Army, Navy, and Marines records).
There were a few Russell Sohn Draft Registration cards. I didn't know which one would be the one you mention. Did he have another first name? Did he live in Illinois?
Do you have any more information about their service--a location, story, or anything that might give more information to go on? Did they serve overseas? Is it possible they weren't in the Army but some other organization?
Do you know when your father was born and what city? Found a Russell Sowen, from Indiana they may have spelled his name wrong? Any other information on him.
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Dear Ms. Malartsik,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
First, it is important to note that after the 1973 Fire, the Army, Air Force, Veteran's Administration, and localities sent documents to prove a veteran's service. These auxiliary files include: Veterans Administration (VA) claims files, individual state records, Multiple Name Pay Vouchers (MPV) from the Adjutant General's Office, Selective Service System (SSS) registration records, pay records from the Government Accounting Office (GAO), as well as medical records from military hospitals, entrance and separation x-rays and organizational records.
Reconstruction is performed for to determine a veteran's service if the record was lost in the 1973 Fire. The process begins when a request is made for the veteran of the Army, Army Air Corps, or Air Force with a separation between 1917 - 1963, and the record cannot be located. The National Personnel Records Center technician will search for the veteran through these resources to compile them into one new file that will document enlistment, discharge, final rank, and character of discharge.
Since he served during WWII, you may search the Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records) online to locate an enlistment record for him that will include his dates of entry and service numbers. This information is extremely helpful when requesting his Official Military Personnel Record (OMPF).
We suggest that you request a copy of his OMPF. 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. Veterans and their 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.
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 information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!