I noted with much interest those folks who are looking to find information regarding their deceased veteran relative.I, too, have been researching this subject.Louis' information is invaluable. What a great service he is providing.
Another avenue is to write to the US Total Army Personnel Command.In February, I wrote to them inquiring about any information they had on the death of my Great Uncle Frank J. Jacques, Co. I, 26th Inf. Reg., 1st Infantry Division who was KIA 30 Jun 1944 in France.Ironically, on June 6, I received a large envelope with a stack of papers 1/2" thick.IT contained information regarding what companyhe was in, where he was killed, where he was initially buried, what possessions he had on him, letters from the army to his widow, letters from his widow to the army, and finally, information on his reburial in East Tawas, Michigan.
Here's where to write:
Commander U.S. Total Army Personnel Commanc ATTN:TAPC-PED-F Alexandria, VA22331-0482
Be patient.In between when I requested the information and when I got it, I received 2 letters letting me know that they were working on it.
When sending this letter, it is important to provide them with as much information as you can, such as the veteran's full name, service number, Regiment, death date.
I obtained my uncle's service number through the National Archives Administration's web set by using the NAIL search.They keyword to enter here in the search field is "Honor Dead" or "WWII Honor Dead".It will then display "thumbnail" images of files.THese are broken down by state and then by county of RESIDENCE of the deceased.For instance, my uncle was from Alpena, Michigan.SO I clicked on the thumbnail image of Michigan and then clicked on Alpena County when I was prompted.
I hope this information is helpful to those of you who are searching and wanting to know "what happened to..."
One warning I was given...some of the information in the files may be graphic.I was fortunate that my uncle's file did not include any gorey details.But the letters from his wife to the army are PRICELESS!