3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2020 10:02 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of Henry F Biri

    Marilyn Niebling Newbie

      I am looking for any information about Henry F Biri who served in the US Army during WWII. He was a Japanese POW and was from Missouri. Thanks in advance for any help.

        • Re: Seeking records of Henry F Biri
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Was able to track individual down using NARA AAD site for POWs held by Japanese. Please see the information below.


          Cemetery information: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56778571/henry-francis-biri


          Also found him on the ABMC https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/biri%3Dhenry


          Also found a copy of the Missouri State Casualty list  second document


          Field TitleValueMeaning
          RANKPFCPrivate First Class
          SERVICE NUMBER3705337837053378
          ARM OR SERVICECACCoast Artillery Corps
          SOURCE 1BBataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico Inc. - web site
          SOURCE 2FBill Bowen's Arisan Maru Roster
          SOURCE 3
          SUBORDINATE UNITF BtryF Battery
          ASSIGNED UNIT200th CA Regt (AA)200th Coast Artillery Regiment (AntiAircraft)
          PARENT UNIT
          POW CAMPS NOTESDied on Arisan Maru on 10/24/44Died on Arisan Maru on 10/24/44



          Name:Henry F Biri
          Residence Place:Missouri, USA
          Report Date:7 May 1942
          Latest Report Date:24 Oct 1944
          Grade:Private First Class
          Grade Notes:Second Lieutenant or Nurse or Dietitian or Physical therapy aide or Private First Class or Ensign or Second Class, Seaman
          Arm or Service:Coast Artillery Corps
          Arm or Service Code:Coast Artillery Corps Or Amp: Army Mine Planter Service
          Area Served:Southwest Pacific Theatre: Philippine Islands
          Detaining Country:Japan
          Camp:Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippines 9-115
          Status:Executed, Died in Ship's Sinking or Result of Ship Sinking, Shot While Attempting Escape
          POW Transport Ship:October Sinking: Arisan Maru, 24 October 1944
          Report Source:Individual has been reported through sources considered official.





          Hope this helps,


          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking records of Henry F Biri
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Niebling,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            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 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


            We also suggest that you request his 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 stl.archives@nara.gov.


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