Thank you for the ship manifest records. I would appreciate any additional information about his time in France. Such as which unit he was with. I am sure he service in Ordnance his entire enlistment and I believe he was at the Battle of St. Mihiel (although not on the front lines)
Dear Ms. McKean,
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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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that may include a card for your relative. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located Records of Provisional Ordnance Depot Companies, 1918 - 1919 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that includes records of the 33rd Provisional Ordnance Depot Company during WWI. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com. We were unable to locate records of the 43rd Ordnance Casual Company.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!