Posts Tagged With: Chicago military historian

Military Monday – Tips on Organizing World War II Records

The abundance of records available for World War II do not stop with a soldier’s service file (OMPF.) There are numerous reports which may list a soldier or provide the context in which he served (battles, citations received, movements, transportation.) These records range from the Company level all the way up to the overall war. […]






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Military Monday – Oral Histories and Memories

In the fall of 2013, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library hosted their first Military History Symposium, and I heard Tim O’Brien speak for the first time. I took eight pages of notes as he spoke on writing and his experience in Vietnam. A couple of weeks ago I watched The Fiction of War air […]






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Military Monday – USMC Pvt. William F. Cowart, Case Study Part 3

This week we wrap up our discussion of Marine Pvt. William F. Cowart and look at his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF.) Cowart was deemed unrecoverable by the Graves Registration Service because they could not locate and identify his remains which had been buried on Tarawa. His IDPF does not contain a lot of new […]






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