Digital Archives Project
How are you progressing
in this digital archives project? Which records are being digitized first?
plan is to begin with the infantry regiments (317, 318, 319) and begin
with the September 1944 Morning Reports. In other words, I'll digitize
the September Morning Reports for the 317th, then the 318th, then the
319th. Then I'll proceed to October 1944 and so on. However, I do peridically
receive Records Requests, in which I'll research the particular veteran
and when found, I'll digitize that entire microfiche. So, while there
is a plan to proceed, there will be periodic months that appear to be
How do I start
looking for information about a specific veteran of the 80th Division?
The Morning Reports
are organized first by Company, then by Month. You need to know what
company the veteran was assigned. Then simply click on the PDF icon
(the number next to the icon indicates the number of pages) to download
the entire month of digitized Morning Reports.
My dad was killed
in action (KIA) and I've found information about him from the American
Battle Monuments Commision web site, indicating the Infantry Regiment
and the date he was KIA. How can I found out what company he was in?
Send me an email
(email@example.com) with all
the information you have on your dad. I can then search through the
microfiche records and try to locate his name on the Morning Report.
I search through all Morning Reports from the KIA date for all companies
in that regiment. Usually there will be two Morning Reports -- the first
reports the veteran MIA (missing in action); the second, usually a few
days to a few weeks later, reports the veteran KIA. When I find these
reports, I digitize the entire microfiche at one time and if you'd like,
I'll send you the Morning Reports of interest. Keep in mind that the
Morning Reports also provide a "Record of Events" of that
day, so I usually also digitize the date the veteran was KIA, so you
have an idea of what the company was doing that particular day.
Are there any
other sources of information about the 80th Division?
There are several
books available, each with a different aspect. These include the regimental
histories (317th, 318th, and 319th), the 80th Division Operational
History and Stories of the Men of the 80th Division from
Bob Murrell, 80th Division Veteran's Association Secretary. Pike
Military Research had produced several reports involving the 80th
Division activities which include many historial accounts, after action
reports, and interviews of battlefield commanders right after the battle.
Major Dean J. Dominique wrote a historical account of the 317th
Infantry Regiment for his master's thesis, which is available online.
Also, the book I published from my dad's diary, You Can't Get Much
Closer Than This: Combat with Company H, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th
Division. For a more complete listing visit the 80th
Publications link on the 80th Division web site.
How do I interpret
were created each morning for every company in the infantry. These reports
include information on individuals who are not "Present and Accounted
for." Among the reasons for being listed on a morning report are:
- Promotion or
- Being killed,
wounded, or missing in action
- Being assigned
to a unit or leaving a unit
- Going to a hospital
for treatment, or to another activity for training
Every day of World
War II, whether in training or during the most explosive warfare, a
3 1/4" by 7" Morning Report was issued from each company to
higher headquarters. They are still preserved at the National Archives
in College Park, MD.
for an example) list the unit location, killed-and-wounded in action,
sometimes brief wound descriptions, evacuations to hospitals as a result
of combat or weather-related causes; the captured, as well as missing
in action, plus new assignees (known as replacements, or after January
1945, reinforcements); promotions and transfers to and from other units
with their rank and other information. All this plus the soldiers
Army Serial Number and MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) were packed
into the report.
were written with certain abbreviations. For a list of commonly used
abbreviations, click here.