I have US Army Serial number - what next?

Discussion in 'US Units' started by bidefordww2, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. bidefordww2

    bidefordww2 Junior Member

    Hi All,

    I am trying to find out what military regiment/battalion etc a US soldier was in.

    I have, I think quite a bit of information on him including:

    US Army serial number
    Full Name, DOB, Date of Death, US Social Security Number.
    His enlistment record.His last known address.

    BUT the one thing which I cannot and do not know how to find is which bit of the US army he was in! This is the bit that I really need to know, so this can help me track down others all of whom were based in my current home town, that we are reseraching for ww2.

    I would really appreciate advice on where to get this last bit of the puzzle.
    And once last request, please not abbreviations, as I do not understand them yet.
    Again thanks,
  2. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    The U.S. Army has excellent records - Was he killed in action?
    Go to U.S. Army Center Of Military History and work from there.
    There is also the Institute of heraldry within the US Army who are very helpful.
    The U.S. Government also has an archive of WW2 Army Casualties.

    Hope this is of use.
  3. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Have you tried tracking down other members of his family? Relatives may still live in his home town and if you find them, may have information regarding his war service.

    Lots of maybe's I know, but something to think about.
  4. bidefordww2

    bidefordww2 Junior Member

    Thank you both, I will investigate. but the gentleman in question didn't die in action. he was born in 1923, enlisted in 1943, and passed away in 1998. This GI, became a friend to local lad, and they maintained their friendship between Devon and the USA until he passed away, he did have family which I am now trying to trace, but not much luck so far.
    As I mentioned all I need to know is the military unit, he was in the U.S. Vehicle Repair in our town from 1943 until 1944.
    One of the problem is that in North Devon, we had the Assault Training Center, Woolacombe and thousands of US soldiers passed through, so Bideford is slightly over shadowed because of it, and I know this GI's unit will help unlock a lock of history for Bideford!

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