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Re: Ploesti low level mission
Posted by: Andrea Hunting (ID *****1532) Date: March 17, 2011 at 20:52:09
In Reply to: Ploesti low level mission by Kate Nesbitt of 22578

Hi Ms. Nesbitt, Have you tried to obtain his discharge papers from the county clerk of state archives where he lived after the war? Service people were encouraged to register their discharges. If he did, it should tell you the last unit he was assigned to just before discharge. And....they may also have his initial enlistment record which may tell you more information as to what unit he was assigned to at that time. In between could be several different units as they could be moved around from corps to corps or bomb group to bomb group. Some were "attached" and some were "assigned". As I recall, "attached" might have been a permanent connection while "assigned" were the ones that moved around.

Also, if he has passed and had a military funeral, check with the Sexton of the Cemetery and/or the funeral home as they may have some of his records. And if he was a member of a VFW or received VA benefits, check with them.

And have you tried to obtain his full military records by completing Standard Form 180? Google Standard Form 180 for the form. If his last name was A-G, you may stand a good chance of obtaining them. H-Z were supposedly the most heavily damaged or lost in the fire of 1973.

And you are definitely correct. Find A Grave is a great resource for finding relatives and military personnel. I'm a devotee as well.

Good Luck!!

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