Pvt. Frank Winkler 29th Infantry WWII  


My parents recently traveled to Europe and visited many WWII battlefields in France. My mom was on the hunt for information about a cousin who we thought was on Omaha Beach on D-Day, wounded and died later near St. Lo.

After many phone calls and emails while my parents were on their trip, I was put in contact with a man named Joseph Balkoski. Joseph is the Command Historian for the Maryland National Guard. Joseph maintains files for the 29th Infantry.My cousin, Frank Winkler, was part of the 29th Infantry, 115th Regiment, G Co., during WWII.

We were not sure if Frank was on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The records found did indicate his participation.  With the help of Joseph, I learned that Frank was transferred into the 29th on June 23, 1944, as a replacement, according to the 115th regiment's morning reports. Tragically, he was killed the next day.  Right now we are not sure where he was prior to June 23.  See the June 1944 Morning Report Frank Winkler is listed on page 32.  See the July 1944 Morning Report Frank Winkler is listed on page 7.

I also learned during WWII, there was a record kept called the IDPF, Individual Deceased Personnel File.  This file describes how the soldier was wounded or killed and other information about his service. It can be obtained by sending a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) letter to

US Army

Human Resources Command
Attn: AHRC-PAO(FOIA), Room 7S65
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22331-0400

You must state (if known) the following:  the soldier's name, serial number, branch of military, division, burial location, date of birth and death, and your relationship to the deceased. 

Frank's IDPF had information about where he was shot, how his body was prepared for burial and where it was buried in France. Documentation from the government about disinterring his body to have his remains sent home. A handwritten letter from his father to the government asking about personal effects not returned. More correspondence about returning his remains. 

The file was interesting and sad to read, but did not have any other service information. I still do not know his movements before he was put into the 115th as a replacement.  I am hoping to obtain his Statement of Service card to help put his story together.

More information on the 29th can be found here:  

Lone Sentry: The Story of the 29th http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_booklets/29thinfantry/index.html

29th After Action Report for June 1944  http://www.29infantrydivision.org/WWII%20Documents/WWII%20Document%2007.htm 

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