What We Do: Locate Reports and Military Documents
"They told loved ones so little of what really occurred..."
Professional World War 2 and Korean War Casualty Search will perform a full search of military records on any U.S. armed forces veteran from the Army, Air Corps, Navy or USMC who were World War 2 or Korean War casualties including killed, Missing in Action (MIA), or Prisoner of War (POW). Whether death occurred on the beach at Normandy or Okinawa, in the snowy forests of the Battle of the Bulge or in the jungles of the Philippines, in aerial combat over Germany or Japan or North Africa, in naval combat, or even in training accidents in the United States, our full resources will be devoted to finding out "what really happened."
Research and deliverables will include a comprehensive written report of the records we locate, as well as complete copies of the records themselves.
When members of the Armed Forces were killed, wounded, Missing in Action (MIA) or made Prisoner of War (POW) in World War 2 or the Korean War, very little information was forwarded to their next of kin. Often, a stark "we regret to inform you" or "your brother has been reported missing in action" telegram was the only information ever received.
We are able to locate complete documentation on the death of these brave WW2 and Korean War veterans. In many cases, eyewitness accounts of the events which occurred can be found. In some of these reports, the level of detail can be astonishing.
We are able to locate reports on specific units from all the armed services, as well as highly detailed battle or naval reports for particular events which occurred on a given day. For example, the daily whereabouts of the 38th Amored Infantry Battalion, or the mission being flown by the 575th Bomb Squadron, can be determined. These reports provide important context and background for the death of individual soldiers or flyers.
We can often provide a great deal of supplementary information on these soldiers, as well, in the form of Selective Service or National Guard records.
Records Summary and Analysis
Military records for this period were not written with the general public in mind; rather, they were prepared to serve immediate military purposes. As such, they can at times seem bewildering to first time readers. Our research service will provide a written summary and analysis of all the documents that we provide. We will explain all acronyms, provide commentary, and analyze the contents, and provide a detailed context and explanation for what is there.
We are able to provide information on those who survived, as well. Perhaps a father or an uncle was in a plane shot down "somewhere over France" in WW2, who came home, but never talked about the experience. Full details from events such as these can be located. We also research information on POWs, including records of the battlefield conditions under which they were captured, and where they were held as POWs.
Many years of research at military and governmental archives place us in a unique position to get the research results you desire.
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