3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 5, 2021 8:01 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records of 26th Infantry Division & John Ebert

    Jonathan Sandler Newbie

      My late grandfather, Bernard Sandler, was in the US Army in the 26th Infantry Division that landed in France from the US on 7 September 1944. My grandfather mentioned in his memoirs that his close friend, John Ebert, on the Browning Automatic Rifle Team, was killed in action. I am looking for any further information about John Ebert or anyone that had relatives that have any further information on the 26th Infantry Division at that specific time.

        • Re: Seeking records of 26th Infantry Division & John Ebert
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Mr. Sandler,


          Was able to find his headstone application, please see copy below. The residential record is of John Eberts younger sister Sarah A. (Ebert) Tolpa you may still find her, her husband past in 1999.








          He was with the 26th Division, 328th INF, Co. A



          Name:John F Ebert
          Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
          Birth Year:1923
          Nativity State or Country:Ohio
          Residence:Belmont, Ohio
          Education:4 years of high school
          Civil Occupation:Unskilled machine shop and related occupations, n.e.c.
          Enlistment Date:1 Apr 1943
          Enlistment Place:Columbus, Ohio
          Service Number:35216245
          Branch:No branch assignment
          Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
          Source:Civil Life




          Name:Henry R Tolpa[Henry Tolpa]
          Birth Date:Jul 1927[Jul 1927]
          Residence Date:1985
          Phone Number:676-8265
          Residence:Bellaire, OH
          Postal Code:43906
          Second Residence Date:1993
          Second Phone Number:676-8265
          Second Address:57321 Pinch Run Rd
          Second Residence:
          Second Postal Code:43906-1887





          Hope this helps,


          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking records of 26th Infantry Division & John Ebert
            Jonathan Sandler Newbie

            Thank you very much for this. I have further requests if that is okay but I will create a separate thread

            • Re: Seeking records of 26th Infantry Division & John Ebert
              Rachael Salyer Pioneer

              Dear Mr. Sandler,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled 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 10 files units of the 26th Infantry Division during the 1940s. We also 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 26th Infantry Division for WWII. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


              Next, we located the series Personal Papers, 1912-1961 in the General Willard S. Paul Collection (DDE-1341) that may be of interest to you since the series contains a journal with brief daily accounts of General Paul's activities while serving as commander of the 26th Infantry Division in Europe during 1944 and 1945. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library (LP-DDE) at eisenhower.library@nara.gov with any questions you might have about these records.


              In addition, the information you seek may be contained in John Ebert’s 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 stl.archives@nara.gov.


              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, LP-DDE, and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


              Finally, the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, has a large collection of published unit histories. Their website is https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu/, and you may wish to contact them for further assistance.


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