I'm hoping someone can help me solve a mystery on the genealogy research I'm trying to do about my grandfather's military experience in France the last 3 months of the war. Unfortunately, all that knew are long gone and I'm attempting to do it through records.
My request for Federal records is blocked because I'm his grandson (not "next of kin" i.e. parent, spouse, or child).I am his oldest living descendant, but that doesn't seem to apply.
According to the Missouri Secretary of State's Soldier database, my grandfather (Clio E. Dixon serial #3774376) was inducted in Unionville Missouri 8/8/1918.He was a member of the 57th Depot Brigade at Camp MacArthur in Texas until 9/16/1918.My research shows this group was part of the 32nd Division but consisted of Guard units from Wisconsin & Michigan.Grandad was never out of Missouri until he was in the Army.It also said he was in Company C, 162nd Infantry.I can't find the 32nd Division having that Infantry unit.I did find some of his old postcards sent to grandma and can verify he spent some time in Waco Texas.
Most units from Missouri was either in the 35th or 89th Divisions, but neither of those had a 162th Infantry also. He left for France 9/22/1918 and was there until 1/18/1919.The 41st Division had a 162nd Infantry but they were made up of Oregon & Washington National Guard units.