Laura, I started a new thread because your inquiry was attached to an old post, apparently unrelated, and I was afraid my reply might get "lost in the shuffle".
You posted, "Can someone out there,from the American Armed Forces,help me out? I'm a Canadian relative,of someone who fought during the Second World War."ALL" I know-from talking to other relatives, is that: his name was Steve(n?) F. Purdy,who had changed his name,from Forbes Lunn,born in Ontario, Canada. Apparently,Forbes ran into some kind of problems on this side of the border,then headed South.He legally changed his name (at least this is what I've been told),to Steve(n) F. Purdy.I think there's a son,of Steve(n)'s out there,somewhere. This is all I know--does the name Purdy,or Purdie,ring any distant bells with any veterans out there? Steve,or rather Forbes,received 2 Purple Hearts.For what action--I don't know.I'm just trying to track this person down,for Family reasons.The other item I was told, was that,Steve(n),or Forbes, was buried at a Military Cemetary,in New York State.I've tried "other avenues", with no luck,whatsoever.I'm hoping,that somewhere,out there,someone recognises the name,and the story of Steve(n) Thanks."
I am just a hobbyist, but I found some things online that might be of interest to you. First is this listing in a database of National Cemeteries:
PURDY, STEVE F PFCUS ARMY WORLD WAR II DATE OF DEATH: 08/04/1944 BURIED AT: SECTION HSITE 8504 LONG ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETERY 2040 WELLWOOD AVENUE FARMINGDALE , NY 11735-1211 (631) 454-4949
Next is this information found in the National Archives WWII enlistment database: Purdy, Steve F. Army Serial Number: 32940637 Residence: Oneida County, New York Enlisted 22 June 1943 at Utica, NY Born 1919, and they list his place of birth ("Nativity") as "British North America or Canada or Labrador or Newfoundland" Single, without dependents
The experts tell us the Archives databases are full of errors, so take this info with a grain of salt until you can confirm it with other sources.
If you think this is the correct individual, using his name, serial number, etc, you may be able to get his personnel record through the NPRC in St. Louis. (They had a disastrous fire in 1973 which destroyed many records.) Info on that resource can be found at this web page: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.htmlhttp://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.html
You can also send for his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). As others in this forum have addressed, the info found in an IDPF can be graphic. If you pursue this resource, you should be prepared for that possibility. Send your request to: US Total Army Personnel Command ATTN: TAPC-PAO (FOIA) 200 Stovall Street Alexandria, VA 22332-0404 Be sure to cite the Freedom of Information Act in your request.