History of The United States Army's 117th Infantry Regiment

3rd Battalion - K Company

30th Infantry Division


117th Infantry Regiment Military Records Destroyed in the 1973 St. Louis Fire



1973 Fire at the National Personnel Records Center in Overland, Missouri (Post-Dispatch File Photo, St. Louis).

A disastrous fire occurred at the National Personnel Records Center in Overland, Missouri, on July 12, 1973. The fire destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files. The following records records were lost:

80 percent of Army Personnel Discharge Documents from November 1, 1912, to January 1, 1960

 75 percent of Air Force Personnel Discharge Documents from September 25, 1947, to January 1, 1964 (with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.)

No duplicate copies were maintained, nor was a microfilm copy ever produced. There were no indexes created prior to the fire. The only documents saved were documents that had been lent to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the fire occurred. As a result, complete listing of the records that were lost is not available.


Military Records at the National Personnel Records Center in Overland, Missouri (National Archives Photos).


With this fire, much of the history of the 117th Infantry Regiment was lost. This web site hopes to reconstruct some of this lost history in memory of those who served.



Additional Pages (Click Below)


117th Infantry Regiment's Military Personnel Records Destroyed

Order of Battle for the 30th Infantry Division

Campaigns in European Theater of War

Significant Combat Events of the 117th Infantry Regiment

Capture of Lieutenant General Kurt von Dittmar
From Normandy to the Elbe Booklet
Sgt. Frank DeClerck - Prayer Going Into Battle

K Company Roster - 117th Infantry Regiment - June 1944 - August 1945

117th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of the Bulge
117th Infantry Regiment World War II Photos
Combat History of First Lieutenant Cyril B. Spicer of the 117th Infantry Regiment
The Breakers,  1942-1943 Yearbook of the 117th Infantry Regiment
Memorial to Corporal Joseph Stanley Jeglinski of  K Company


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Moline, Illinois U.S.A.

February 24, 2023

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