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Dear Ms. Bonnett,
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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. If there is any information requested by the form which you do not know, you may leave it blank or provide estimates, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Applications for Headstones, 1/1/1925 - 6/30/1970 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that may include an application for John Talbert. For more information, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at email@example.com.
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Thank you for all of the information and references, Jason. Much appreciated.
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Here is a copy of that Headstone Application.
NAME: John Talbert AGE: 35 ESTIMATED BIRTH YEAR: 1905 GENDER: Male RACE: Caucasian (White) BIRTHPLACE: New York MARITAL STATUS: Single RELATION TO HEAD OF HOUSE: Soldier HOME IN 1940: Ewa, Honolulu, Hawaii MAP OF HOME IN 1940: Ewa,Honolulu,Hawaii STREET: 26th Bombardment Squadron (M) Barracks SHEET NUMBER: 1A INSTITUTION: Regiment Eleventh (11) Bombardment Group (M) OCCUPATION: Staff Sgt ATTENDED SCHOOL OR COLLEGE: No HIGHEST GRADE COMPLETED: High School, 1st year CLASS OF WORKER: Wage or salary worker WEEKS WORKED IN 1939: 52 INCOME: 396.00 INCOME OTHER SOURCES: Yes
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Thank you, Elliott. This information is very helpful!