I did, however, discover that he served in the Army during World War II, so I requested copies of his military records through the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. I just received a letter from them today stating that his records must have been destroyed by fire on 12 July 1973.
This particular fire destroyed most of the records for Army military personnel for the period 1912 through 1959, and also Air Force personnel with surnames ranging from Hubbard through Z for the period 1947 through 1963.
The archivist who sent me the letter did let me know that there is an available record for my grandfather: his Final Pay Voucher.
Upon reading this, my initial thoughts were that a pay voucher wouldn't be likely to provide me with very much usable information, but the archivist went on to explain that World War II Single Name Final Pay Vouchers typically provide researchers with an astounding amount of information, including:
- Serial number
- Grade or rank
- Home address (generally valid for 3 months following discharge)
- Unit assignment at discharge
- Place and date of entry
- Place and date of discharge
- Previous organization
- Character of service
- Discharge authority
- Years of service
- Signature of veteran
- The remarks section might include information such as payment allotments and previous transfers
- Army component
- Indication of overseas service (date arrived U.S.)
- Mustering-out pay ($300 indicates at least 60 days of active service, part of which was served outside the continental U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii; $200 indicates at least 60 days of active service within the continental U.S.; $100 indicates less than 60 days of active service). Receipt of mustering-out pay (or MOP) is an indication of an honorable discharge.
While the fee seems a bit steep to me, I already know that I'm going to send them a check. Right now, it's my best chance of obtaining some detailed information about him.