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Old 06-21-2019, 10:59 AM   #1
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:00 AM   #2
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:01 AM   #3
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Enlistment record....


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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 35792428 35792428
NAME SCHAEFER#ELMER#L######## SCHAEFER#ELMER#L########
RESIDENCE: STATE 53 OHIO
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 061 HAMILTON
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 5242 FT THOMAS NEWPORT KENTUCKY
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 13 13
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 03 03
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION P53# Undefined Code
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment
BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment
FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 53 OHIO
YEAR OF BIRTH 08 08
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 2 2 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 266 Policemen and detectives, public service
MARITAL STATUS 2 Married
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 0992 0992
FILM REEL NUMBER 5.54# 5.54#
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:29 AM   #4
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Schaefer does not appear on the list of Americans who were killed in action or who died in World War II or the Korean War.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:15 PM   #5
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Bill,


Many thanks for checking!


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Old 06-21-2019, 11:45 PM   #6
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Ron,

Here is Tech Sgt Elmer L. Schaefer, 335th IR, 84th Infantry Division who was KIA January 3, 1945 in Belgium.

https://www.abmc.gov/node/377911
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:56 AM   #7
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Very interesting that he does not appear on the master list of WWII dead. I've never had that happen before. The list is so complete that it even includes American soldiers who were court martialed and executed. Using official records is a constant learning experience.
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:34 AM   #8
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All very interesting but two different Elmer L Schaefers it seems.

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Old 06-23-2019, 07:51 PM   #9
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Very interesting that he does not appear on the master list of WWII dead. I've never had that happen before.
Everything is copacetic, Bill.

Like Terry said-- two different Elmer L Schaefers.

The one KIA is in the Illinois list, page 83. Serial number 36077345; he is not in the NARA enlisted database, which happens sometimes.
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Many thanks again guys!


The Illinois connection makes more sense to me as it was acquired here in Missouri right next to Illinois!


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Old 06-24-2019, 08:18 AM   #11
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Everything is copacetic, Bill.

Like Terry said-- two different Elmer L Schaefers.

The one KIA is in the Illinois list, page 83. Serial number 36077345; he is not in the NARA enlisted database, which happens sometimes.
I figured out the mystery: Human error, namely mine! There were so many individuals with the same last name on the roster that I simply missed him.
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