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From: Michael McAlonie <>
Subject: Re: [NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC] McMurray
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:01:00 -0400
There's probably not too much she can do to a dead man. She probably found
all that info from ancestry.com they have some good new WW2 era military indexes
now. I just found my Uncle on several Navy ships muster rolls. Unfortunately
WW2 *ARMY* records were seriously affected by the 1972 fire at NARA/ NPRC. I
tried to get my son's great grandfathers WW2 records with a known service number
via form sf180 at the NPRC and was told they were destroyed in the fire, and he
was in the army in Europe. My dad and all his brothers were WW2 Navy and the
records existed and were complete and great, including medical records, and an
actual old id card from my dads file with a picture.
They also usually
only give complete service records to next of kin with a simple sf180 request.
I tried to get service info for a 1Lt John F McGrath USMC pilot killed in 1945
from Troy NY and a 1941 CCHS classmate of my Dad who was killed 1 day after
visiting my dad on Iwo Jima July 1945 on his way back to Okinawa to find out the
details of his death for my father and was given very limited information
because I was not NOK.
NARA is amazing so if she can pinpoint a unit
she can probably locate records such as after action reports.
actually sounds very interesting to me and It makes me feel REALLY REALLY good
that someone in Europe or anywhere is actually expressing interest in and
appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who sacrificed for
Europe and the rest of the world. Makes me think of staying up late nights and
watching "A Bridge Too Far" (Operation Market Garden) and Band of Brothers
with my Dad.
I hope she finds what she is looking for. If the man died
in 2003 he must have some family still around. What about suggesting some
letter writing, thats how I found the remaining family of JF McGrath a few years
back. Starting with a google and a whitepages search. Shouldn't be too hard.
God Bless all American Servicemen.
Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:31:25 -0400
> Subject: Re: [NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC]
> Sounds a little fishy doesn't it ?
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Pat
> Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 6:11 PM
; ; ny irish;
> Subject: [NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC]
> I am passing this on, in case someone connects. Let me
know off line and
> I'll pass on Antoine's email address. If someone
connects be careful it is
> not a scam...
> Dear Sir,
> I am from Holland and have an interest in WW2 history,
especially in the US
> servicemen who fought for our freedom in
> Also I collect items from that era.
> Recently I
came across a dogtag and some other things that belonged to
> George W.
McMurray, who was from Rensselaer, NY (Albany). He was born
1921 (died in 2003, February), and enlisted October 1st 1942, ASN
32574812. Probably he was member of the 90th Infantry Division, and as
such, he probably participated in the D Day invasion of Normandy and the
Battle of the Bulge.
> I am trying to find out more details about
his WW2 service. Especially I am
> trying to find a picture from
> Any information and help is welcome.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
> best regards,
> Pat Connors, Sacramento CA
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