6 Replies Latest reply on Oct 20, 2020 6:44 PM by Don Berkihiser

    Seeking military information of 1st Lt Glen Dow Berkihiser

    Don Berkihiser Newbie

      The family is seeking military information on 1st Lt. Glen Dow Berkihiser, who served in the USAAF during WWII. He was born on May 5, 1916 and died abt. 1971. He was involved with a CBI Unit and received the "Distinguished Flying Cross".

        • Re: Seeking military information of 1st Lt Glen Dow Berkihiser
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Don,

           

          Was able to find some information for you please copy and paste the link into your web browser. Typically DFC were issued to Airmen for completing several missions, and or special operations involving allied bombings and other us special operations. CBI stands for China Burma India. The DFC is listed on GO#35 HQ 20TH AF. I would suggest requesting his full military records and also locate the actual order #. I believe this would be obtainable through the AF Archives. I just forget the contact information but I think its the following. https://www.afhra.af.mil/

           

          https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53179543/glen-dow-berkihiser

           

           

           

          Hope this helps,

           

          Elliot Schneider

           

           

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          • Re: Seeking military information of 1st Lt Glen Dow Berkihiser
            Thomas Richardson Tracker

            Dear Mr. Berkihiser,

             

            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 officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 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.

             

            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC was closed from March 23 through June 23, 2020. As of June 24, the NPRC entered into Phase One of a gradual reopening process. The center is currently only servicing emergency requests associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans, VA Home loan guarantees, and employment opportunities. If this is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. We apologize for any inconvenience.

             

            For Army Air Force general orders and unit histories, we suggest you contact the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL  36112-6424.

             

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

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            • Re: Seeking military information of 1st Lt Glen Dow Berkihiser
              Kristin Brooks Barcomb Wayfarer

              Looking at the "Battles and Campaigns" entry on his discharge document, he participated in the Air Offensive against Palembang, Sumatra. This occurred on 10 Aug 1944.  There is a detailed article on Operation Boomerang available on Wikipedia.  Only two B-29 Bomb Groups participated: the 444th BG  and the 468th BG.

               

              The official arrival date of the 468th to the  CBI (Kharagpur, India) is 13 April. This coincides with the overseas arrival date on his discharge document. This isn't conclusive, but it is likely he was with the 468th BG.

               

              He also participated in the bombing of Yawata, Japan on 15 Jun 1944. He is mentioned by name in an AP news article written by a reporter who was in the same aircraft.

               

              As noted on his discharge, he left the CBI in late Feb 1945. Both the 444th and 468th BGs moved to Tinian Island in April 1945. A handful of crews were sent back early to the US in Feb/Mar 1945. He may have been with one of those crews or was returned for an individual reason. 

               

              If you can access the Council Grove Republican (Kansas) newspaper, there are quite a number of articles that mention him during the war.  There is enough information to create an excellent timeline of his training and service, to include multiple stateside locations and why he was at that locations. (The newspaper is available online via the subscription site, newspapers.com).

               

              KB

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              • Re: Seeking military information of 1st Lt Glen Dow Berkihiser
                Don Berkihiser Newbie

                Kristin, I sincerely thank you for all of the research you have done. The family appreciates your research skills.  THANK YOU!!!!