David B - Thank you. I feel the same way you do and I have done all that. The rep from my congressman got a copy of a report I had that was from some sort of statistical thing they were doing. Later I caught the NPRC in a mistake and wrote two Senators with copies of the mistake and of the answer I had received when I called them to the attention of the NPRC. One took care of it promptly the other dilly dallied but finally got his letter out. For awhile I was assigned an NPRC archivist who did try to help and I got a few FEW MRs that were so poorly copied I could not read parts of them. Then the archivist was taken off the list and I think I have a black star by my name.The archivist has moved to another job.
And the records I got fom the VA had as much real info included in them as the MRs because Don had reported his wounds in 1946 and the VA had recieved copies of them from NPRC then. However NPRC had sent some medical records to the VA before 1973. Problem there is that they kept no records of the ones they sent so it is sort of hit or miss where you get stuff.
The info I have I have gotten mostly came from the National Archives at .25 a sheet.(no longer that price) They are S -3 Journals of the units Don was with and General Orders and Combat Interviews. These would not do most people much good because most would not be mentioned. I got lucky becaue Don was a Rec platoon leader who actually patrolled and sent messages about his where abouts. Since I knew by the day and unit what was going on I could figure out some things. It has been long and expensive.And I even went the Freedom of Information route and learned nothing more and I know more is there somewhere.
To do justice to the NPRC I should say that the General of the last Div the 893rd was with ordered all Special Orders destroyed so there is no record of where the individual men went by Order or who was in trouble of how that person was punished. All ranks were restored and I think all pay also. Awards were done by General Order but I am short about 150 893rd men who must have recived Purple Hearts when attached to a different unit when thy were wounded so were cared for in some other Aid Station/Hospital. Most Admissions and Disposition records of their Aid Station are also missing! Mary