12 Replies Latest reply on Mar 24, 2021 10:06 PM by Brian Nicely

    Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment

    Scott Pfaff Wayfarer

      I am looking for training through end of WWII accounts/records of the 325th GIR (82nd Airborne).  Thanks.

        • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Scott,

           

          Would you be looking for more Unit history and operational records, or is this a search for an individual. If so please share some additional information. Here is some information below to get you started.

           

          https://www.ww2-airborne.us/units/325/325.html

           

          https://history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/inf/0325in.htm

           

          https://www.abmc.gov/db-abmc-burial-unit/325th-glider-infantry-regiment-82nd-airborne-division

           

           

          Hope this helps,

           

          Elliot Schneider

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            • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
              Scott Pfaff Wayfarer

              Hi Elliot

               

              I appreciate the prompt response. I am working to assist my mother's research on her uncle who was a member of the 325th during WWII that went thru original training in the US followed by the allied activities in Italy, Normandy, Market-Garden, and ultimately the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) where he died as a result of his wounds. He was originally interred at Henri-Chappell in Belgium and later returned home to Wisconsin.  My mother is interested in action reports, casualty reports, etc. as well as any documentation regarding the 325th training and readiness activities in the US and the UK. Very little is known about my mother's uncle's time in service during WWII and we're trying to fill in the blanks. Anything additional you may have would be appreciated.

               

              All the best

               

              Scott

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                • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
                  Scott Pfaff Wayfarer

                  Not sure if it helps - his name was Harold A Pergande 36839959

                  • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
                    joan stachnik Tracker

                    Scott, it's a small piece of information, but there is a Harold Pergande (same ASN) listed in the patient roster for the 24th Evacuation Hospital (Semi-Mobile). Admission date of Oct 2 and evacuation date of Oct 3. I would assume that your mother's uncle was either wounded or injured, or possibly just sick, and transferred to another hospital on Oct 3. On these dates the 24th Evac was in the vicinity of Bourg-Leopold, Belgium. Many of the patients in the 24th Evac at that time were from the 82nd Airborne.  My dad was there a few days later. Hope this is of some help. joan

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                      • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
                        Scott Pfaff Wayfarer

                        Joan,

                         

                        You guys are a wealth of information. I believe that you are on the right soldier. Per our family's understanding Pvt Pergande became ill in the fall of 1944 and was pulled off the line. This seems to correlate with your information. It is also our understanding that he returned to his unit later in 1944 and was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge (not sure exactly where).  He was evac'd again but died of his wounds in Feb of 1945. Not sure where he was evacuated to or the extent of his wounds.

                         

                        We think he was part of E (Easy or Echo company) but are not 100% sure.  We have been trying to piece his military history from induction and training, and through the various engagements the 325th had been in. It's been a tough road with the poor information the family has. We are still trying to put together what awards he had earned during his tenure.

                         

                        I used to live in Belgium and have been to many of these areas. It is interesting to hear of your father's involvement around the same time! That generation was one of great character and tenacity. I am sure you are very proud of his sacrifice during the war.  Thanks again for everything so far from you and Elliot.

                         

                        Scott

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                          • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
                            joan stachnik Tracker

                            Scott, Glad the information was of use. I found a few references to your uncle in Wisconsin newspapers; not sure if your family has these. The LaCross Tribune from Jan 7 1945 describes him as being wounded in action.  The same paper, Feb 23 1945, reports him as a casualty from wounds received. The last article is from the Wisconsin State Journal, Dec 15 1947, describing services for Pvt Pergande. In regards to the book "Let's Go!", you might want to try a library to see if it can be loaned. I did find it listed in WorldCat. Hope this is of some help, joan

                             

                             

                             

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                    • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
                      joan stachnik Tracker

                      Scott, in addition to the resources Elliot suggested, you might want to search WWII Operational Documents in the Ike Skeleton Combined Arms Research Digital Library (see link below).  I've found the narratives for the major campaigns for the 82nd Airborne there; the actions of the 325th GIR should be included in these narratives. The site also has other documents, such as field orders and after action reports for various units. 

                       

                      https://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4013coll8

                       

                      If you're looking for more detailed information on a specific Company, morning reports would be very useful. These are held at the St. Louis Archives, which unfortunately remains closed to the public right now.

                       

                      Also, archive.org (https://archive.org) is an open access site that has some WWII operational reports and documents; it is free after registration. Hope this is of some help. joan

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                      • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
                        Jason Atkinson Ranger

                        Dear Mr. Pfaff,

                         

                        Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                        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 82nd Airborne Division and its component units. We also located Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes 71 files relating to the 82nd Airborne Division during the 1940s. Additionally, we located 82nd Airborne Division After Action Reports, 1943 - 1946 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391). For more information about records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.  When you contact RDT2, please be as specific as possible about your research needs. They may be able to suggest additional records.

                         

                        We also located 4 records in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) relating to the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment  during World War II that have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. There may be additional motion pictures relating to the unit. To request a search for motion pictures, contact RDSM via email at mopix@nara.gov.

                        Photographs of various U.S. Army activities and subjects during WWII are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov for more information about searching for photographs of specific units.

                         

                        Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 and copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 1947 - 1959 for Army units (including Army Air Corps) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.  Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.

                         

                        If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Army and who were separated from the service prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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 omit it or provide estimates (such as writing World War II instead of specific dates) however the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

                         

                        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, RDSM, RDSS, and RL-SL. Also, the NPRC is closed except for emergencies. Currently, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.

                         

                        We searched the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project and located 28 collections relating to veterans of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment.

                         

                        The 82nd Airborne Division is exceptionally well documented in the secondary literature. There are many books about the 82nd Airborne and its component units which are readily available through libraries and retailers. These books should have bibliographies which may suggest further avenues for research. Additionally, we searched online and located numerous results on Google, Google Books, the Internet Archive, and HathiTrust.

                         

                        Finally you may wish to contact the US Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum , the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the

                        U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association, the Airborne Museum (Sainte-Mère-Église), the 82nd Airborne Division Association, and the National World War II Museum.

                         

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

                        • Re: Seeking records for the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
                          Brian Nicely Wayfarer

                          May be worth a look. 
                          https://www.325thairassociation.org/

                           

                          not sure if they will be helpful or not, but you never know.