Burned records not always hopeless!
We've all heard how most of the enlisted records from WWII were lost in a fire (in 1963?)
Many of us haven't bothered to send for records for our WWII veterans assuming that they are missing.I finally sent for the records for my father anyway.As expected, I got back a response that his records were lost in the fire.
HOWEVER, I also got about sixty or seventy pages of documents reconstructed from other sources.This included his induction papers showing his mother's name (not new information but my first "official" documentation of this), my parent's exact wedding date and place (new information), and the fact that they apparently lived with or near my mother's parents in Iowa for a time after his discharge.
The file also included information on all of his assignments (he was trained as a glider mechanic at Shepherd TX, etc.) and the reason for his disability discharge.
Other tidbits were that his nose had been broken in 1937 (no mention of how, but the army surgeons corrected some problems related to the broken nose) and that he was a truck driver when he was inducted.
SO, the bottom line is, SEND FOR THOSE RECORDS ANYWAY!It can't hurt, and a few gems just might rise like Phoenix from the ashes.