Looking for U.S. military information on Warren J. FRIEDMAN during World War II - #usa


Hi all,

I'm looking for military information on Warren J. FRIEDMAN from Chicago who served in the U.S. Air Corps in Cambridge, England, during WWII and was to be deployed to Japan from Belgium near the end of the War. He enlisted on March 10, 1942 and returned to the U.S. at the end of the War.

Many thanks for any information you can provide.

New York, NY
Searching for BUKANTZ (Ukmerge, Lithuania); JABLOW (Minsk, Belarus); MAGADENKO/MAGEN (Kyiv, Ukraine); ZAITCHEK/ZEIDMAN (Evanka/Vinograd, Ukraine)



The US National Archives and/or the Department of Veterans Affairs's may have Warren Friedman's military personnel records.  These records can provide significant information, not only about his military service, but also some personnal information and information about relatives and addresses. For VA records, call the VA's call center at (US) 800-827-1000 and they will explain the process of requesting VA records. For the National Archives, check https://www.archives.gov/contact
There was a fire at the National Archives in 1973 that destroyed records of millions of Army, Marines and some Air Force veterans, but not all records were destroyed and even if Warren Friedman's record was destroyed or damaged, the archives may be able to reconstruct some information through other sources. Also, if Mr. Warren applied for VA benefits prior to 1973, there is a good chance that his military records were transferred to the VA and were not at the National Archives in 1973. 

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Researching Israelit/Israelite from Novogrudock and Dyatlovo/Zhetl in Belarus, Rabinowitz from Dyatlovo/Zhetl, Pruss and Koifman/Kafman from Ukraine



There is a Warren J. Friedman in Family Search from Chicago whose DOB matches the date you give so on that basis I presume I found the right person.  According to these records, extracted from the US WW2 Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    1.  HIs  YOB is 1920'
     2.  He entered military service at Camp Grant, Winnebago, IL
    3.  Military rank was Private
    4.  Branch:  Army
    5.  Serial number:  36323750
I also checked the Department of VA BIRLS Death File with no response.  BIRLS contains the birth and death dates of more than 14 million veterans and their beneficiaries who died between 1850 and 2010.  A check of Find a Grave and the National Grave Locater (names of veterans buried in VA cemeteries)  did not come up with anything on him.  Fold3 also had nothing on him.  

A source you may want to try is the National Jewish Welfare Board publication "American Jews in World War !! . https://www.google.com/search?q=national+jewish+welfare+board+bureau+of+war+records&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS817US817&oq=National+Jewish+Welfare+Board&aqs=chrome.1.0i512l2j0i390l2j69i60.8307j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8  It contains the names of 550,000 Jews who fought in WW2.  The names are sorted by state and you have to purchase the pages you want.  I don't recall exactly what I paid but  $6. per page or maybe a total of $6.00 but don't quote me.  
Herschel Sheiness
San Antonio, Tx

Fred Kolbrener

Having dealt with searches for records in possession of the VA, aside from any forms filled out for the VA, the only records likely to be in VA archives will be health records.  The standard military service records were not transferred to the VA.   If the service member filed a medical claim, his/her health records would have been transferred to the VA.  Once the person no longer came to the VA for treatment (i. e. they died), the health record would then be transferred to the nearest National Archives repository for that VA office.   [A military record a family was seeking for a deceased veteran were burned in the NARA fire, but his medical file was located in the Philadelphia archives for a case I handled.  His injury claims had been handled by the Baltimore VA office. ]
Fred Kolbrener
Woodbridge, VA

Researching: KOLBRENER (Lezajsk); SCHWARTZ (Glogow Malapolski); ZINDEBAND (Minsk); LIFSHITZ (St Petersburg/Minsk); JABELOW (Minsk); BOHRER (Lezajsk); POLLACK (Minsk); BLUMSTEIN/BLUMSZTEJN (Goworowo); FRETER/FRATER (Czyzewo)


Hello Researchers,

Those seeking information on Jewish war veterans might also find information from the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.  Contact that from their website, 
https://www.jwv.org/.  See the Email address near the bottom of the page.

Edward David Luft
Juris Doctor


Yes, the National JWV does, or did, maintain a database of deceased Jewish veterans if the name is reported to them.  I do know that at one point there were over 30,000 names in it.  However, several years ago it was a mess which is why I stopped sending names for Texas and now maintain my own database.  It is my understanding that National JWV assumed responsibility for the database from the person who maintained it for years so it might have been cleaned up.  Can't hurt to ask them what they have.  Regretfully, even though I am on the National Cemetery Committee, I have no idea who you would contact.  As Edward said, just Google jwv.org and ask.

Herschel Sheiness
San Antonio, Tx