?I’ve been trying to make it to New Orleans for a while now. I have a 'wee cabin' there (eight rooms and a double garage - although I’m informed it covers a little more area now). I’d made it as far as St. Louis when the hurricane hit, spent three days visiting and returned. A couple days ago, I was ready to start again and the couple that takes care of my place in Manitoba called to inform the furnace needs to be replaced so I guess I’ll go up early (I usually spend Christmas there).
In wartime, one day is pretty much the same as another, especially to an infantryman. The Normandy Invasion and Normandy Campaign were two separate operations but your subject could have easily participated in both (another little morsel of info which may be entirely irrelevant to your search, submitted mainly to impress you with how knowledgable I am).
With all that out of the way, his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) should include (1) the date and locale where he was wounded, (2) the date and place of death and (3) all particulars regarding the ultimate disposition of his remains (exhumation, transportation and final interment). The file will also contain other information of interest and possible use. You can order his IDPF from:
Total Army Personnel Command ATTN: TAPC-PED-F (FOIA) Alexandria, VA 22231-0482
A simple note will suffice. Something like, "I would like a copy of the IDPF of PFC CLIFFORD H. BARNES, who died of wounds (date of death) in the European Theater of Operations during World War II." You can include his service number, date of birth, etc., but any information in addition to the above really isn’t necessary.
Keep it simple. You can use a post card if you wish. The people at PERSCOM are very adept at what they do. There should be no charge but I'm informed the wait can now be up to eight months (four months is about average), depending on their workload.
Contact me when you receive his Deceased File and I'll direct you to other records that are inaccessable from the 'net.