7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 2, 2020 4:03 PM by Thomas Richardson

    Seeking military records of SGT Howard Jacques

    Michelle Jacques Newbie

      I am trying to piece together my father's WWII history. He is recently deceased at age 97. My father, SGT Howard E Jacques, served during the 1942-1946 timeframe. Company K, 335 Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division. He may have been separated from his company at some point as he ended up at Nuremberg trials as guard/ courier of prisoner. He went to radio school in London and has a SHAEF badge as well as Purple Heart (reported to be twice wounded), Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Rhineland Campaign, possible Bronze Star, and EUR-AFR-MID EAST. On inquiry by me, the VA noted in person that he was "highly decorated" but no clear answers. I'm not sure if records were lost in truck ambush or loss of records in St. Louis fire? I am trying to uncover this mystery. Thank you

        • Re: Seeking military records of SGT Howard Jacques
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Michelle,

           

           

          Here is some information about the unit during the ETO during WW2. Beautiful write up on him. Im from wisconsin and I have a book from ww2 on them I just have to dig it out.

           

          https://mcoepublic.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/library/DonovanPapers/wwii/STUP2/A-F/Dudley%20Eldridge%20C%20CPT.pdf

           

          https://www.blaneyfuneralhome.com/obituary/howard-jacques

           

           

          Hope this helps,

           

          Elliot Schneider

            • Re: Seeking military records of SGT Howard Jacques
              Michelle Jacques Newbie

              Thank you Mr. Schneider. Thank you for posting his obituary - it was written by me. In reality it was written by the way he lived his life. Full of passion for all things in life. I attribute that to what haunted him and what he was faced with during the war. The write up you provided gives us a glimpse of his possible time there.

              If you find the book or the name of the book please pass it on. I am also looking for confirmation of his battles and activities in service.  It may be a huge challenge as it is reported that he had an alias name as guard during the trials.

              thank you!

            • Re: Seeking military records of SGT Howard Jacques
              Thomas Richardson Tracker

              Dear Ms. Jacques,

               

              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 searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that include records of the 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division. We also located the 8th, 84th, and 102nd Infantry Division Records, 1945 - 1945 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that may contain different records from those in RG 407. The series Index to Personnel Employed at Nuremberg , 1945 - 1946 under Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) that consists of an index of staff employed at Nuremberg which includes information such as name, rank, dates of departure and arrival, and addresses. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

               

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

                • Re: Seeking military records of SGT Howard Jacques
                  Michelle Jacques Newbie

                  Thank you for the above information Mr. Richardson. I did request his records but it appears that there will be a delay in receiving information due to COVID. Since then I have discovered some clues in his previously tucked away papers. He had a few passes to explore. He was originally with CO K 335th 84th Infantry promoted to SGT on the ship to EU. Expert Marksman.  He was part of the ASTP program. He had some passes that may answer to his separation from CoK - just not sure why separated - trench or 88 shrapnel. Family reports Hospitalized x2.  Also reports he ended up as a guard/courier for Nuremberg  trials. The "Pass" information is as follows: Sept 1945, HQT 67 Reinf Bn Org 216. CPT Wm Leonhardt; and Dec 1945 CO B 301st SigOPN BN 1st LT CAV. Any information or guidance appreciated.

                    • Re: Seeking military records of SGT Howard Jacques
                      Elliot Schneider Pioneer

                      Hello Michelle,

                       

                      It looks like in 1945 he received a pass from Company B 301st Signal Operations Battalion. From what I have found this unit was attached to General Pattons 3rd Army. Its possible that your father was a mounted messenger possibly this means that they would carry out missions delivering messages and packages for the General. These messages, letters and packages were sometimes highly classified. I had read a story in the Signal Corps Museum that one man from Co A 301st was instructed by Patton that if he got caught or in trouble  that he eat the package or destroy it.

                       

                      Additionally, you may want to reach out the the Signal Corps Museum. here is the link. They may have some historical information or history of the unit. https://history.army.mil/museums/TRADOC/fortGordon_usSignal/index.html

                       

                       

                      Hope this helps,

                       

                      Elliot Schneider

                      • Re: Seeking military records of SGT Howard Jacques
                        Thomas Richardson Tracker

                        Dear Ms. Jacques,

                         

                        Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                         

                        The ASTP refers to the ‘Army Specialized Training Program’. During World War II, the Army instituted the ASTP in order to expand technical skills for junior officers and enlisted men at colleges and universities. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Security Classified Histories, Reports, and Studies Relating to the Army Specialized Training Program, 1943 - 1945 in the Records of Headquarters Army Service Forces (Record Group 160) that includes 21 file units for the 1940s. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

                         

                        The information listed on the pass is described as the Headquarters Troop, 67th Reinforcement Battalion / Company B, 301st Signal Operation Battalion. We searched Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records for the 67th Reinforcement Battalion and the 301st Signal Operation Battalion. For access to these records, please contact RDT2. We were unable to locate specific records of Headquarters Troop and Company B.  Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the battalion.

                         

                        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 RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

                         

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