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You can obtain IDPFs from the following. However, NPRC is not processing these types of requests currently. They are only processing "Emergency" requests such as home loans, and burials, and employment verification.
Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) 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 email@example.com.
Here is some information for you below. Please see this link and look on page 668 describes what transpired that day that he was immediately killed by sniper fire. https://books.google.com/books?id=KY_672qQf0kC&pg=PA850&lpg=PA850&dq=Lt+George+H+Luening&source=bl&ots=ucYyAsLQ4e&sig=AC…
George H. Luening
Montana State University, 1940. As 2nd Lt, transferred to 542nd then 551st. KIA Jan 1945
Thank you so very much for all your time and information!
Dear Mr. Manning,
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The information you seek may be contained in 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). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 includes records of the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion for WWII. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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