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Here is some information. He may have served in the regular Army beginning in 1894 or National Guard before enlisting for the war. it is also possible that because he entered late in the war closer to the end of the war he may have been all stateside service.
Name: Benjamin Crowder Gender: Male Death Date: 19 Apr 1978 Enlistment Date 1: 7 May 1918 Release Date 1: 17 Feb 1919 Enlistment Date 2: 24 Dec 1894
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Dear Mr. Crowder,
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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 that you do not know, you may leave it blank, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. If the index card that Mr. Schneider located for you is the correct one, please be sure to include the service number 1 128 612, the date entered of 5/7/1918, and the date released of 2/17/1919. Since Social Security Numbers (SSN) did not exist during World War I, if you do not know his social security number or he never got one when those were introduced in the 1930s, you may omit the SSN without causing any difficulty. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
In regards to the U.S. Veteran’s Bureau Pension card which Mr. Schneider located for you, if this a card for the correct Benjamin Leroy Crowder and you would like to order the corresponding claim file, please email the National Archives at St Louis (RL-SL) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach the image of the card to your email.
If the claim file was still active in the 1950s when the inactive claims files were transferred to the National Archives, it may still be in the custody of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). If RL-SL tells you that they do not have the file, please file a FOIA request with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their FOIA website is https://www.va.gov/foia/. All questions regarding VA’s FOIA procedures and fees may be emailed to VACOFOIAService@va.gov.
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To correct one thing that Mr. Schneider said about the index card, the 24 Dec 1894 date is the veteran’s date of birth rather than a prior enlistment date. It appears that the database he was using mislabeled that field.
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