6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 30, 2020 4:34 PM by Mark Kerr

    Seeking debrief/interview records of Matthew Kerr


      I am seeking debrief/interview records for returning WW1 POWs from the 106th Infantry Regiment and 27th Infantry Division. Where can I find individual interviews or debriefings of returning US Army POWs held by Germans during WW1?  Specifically, I am looking for the returning debrief or interview records of Pvt. Matthew Kerr and other soldiers of the 106th Infantry Reg. and other units of the 27th Infantry Division captured by the Germans in late September, 1918, during the last battle of the Hindenburg Line.  Many were held by the Germans at their Dulmen POW camp and released in late November and early December, 1918.  They were repatriated through Amsterdam and England and back to the 27th Division near LeMans, France.

        • Re: Seeking debrief/interview records of Matthew Kerr
          Elliot Schneider Guide



          Do you have any other information on Matthew Kerr, such as DOB, place of birth. I assume he was from New York? Found something on Matthew Kerr from Haverstraw, NY he enlisted in Oct 1918 and was on special training assignment through Cornell University. Dose this sound like your guy?








          Elliot Schneider

            • Re: Seeking debrief/interview records of Matthew Kerr

              Elliot, thanks for the reply and information.    Your information is for a different Matthew Kerr.


              The information I am looking for is for Matthew Kerr born in Alabama in 1890, draft registered in West Virginia and inducted into the U.S. Army in Michigan.  


              I am trying to find individual interviews or reports of returning U.S. Army prisoners (members of the U.S. Army’s 27th Division captured by the Germans in 1918).   General J.F. O’Ryan includes some of these returning prisoner reports or interviews in Chapter 23 of his book, The Story of the 27th Division.   I am trying to find the reports or interviews not included in General O’Ryan’s book.


              I am specifically looking for the interview or report for Pvt. Matthew Kerr and other members of the 106th Infantry Regiment captured on September 27, 1918, during the preliminary attack on the outworks of the Hindenburg Line.  Pvt. Kerr was a Lewis gunner with Company E, 106th Infantry.  He was taken to a German POW camp in Dulmen, Germany and held there until after the Armistice of November 11, 1918.  I am trying to find information about the capture, transport behind German lines, life as a POW at Dulmen and repatriation from Dulmen (through Amsterdam & England) back to the 27th Division in December, 1918, near LeMans, France.   I have International Red Cross records, but the U.S. Army records of his time as a POW.


              Thank you for any help or recommendations.

            • Re: Seeking debrief/interview records of Matthew Kerr

              Dear Mr. Kerr,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes the 27th Division Boxes 1-121. They may include the interviews you seek.  For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


              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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


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



              Holly Rivet


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