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Veteran Research

Have you ever wondered where your father, grandfather, uncle or great uncle fought during World War 2? Has one of your relatives been killed during the second World War? Would you like to research your relatives place of death and/or unit? We can help you to honor his service in any way possible!
Team Joedemadio offers you their service to help you with researching veterans of World War 2. In the past we’ve had many successes in researching veterans. For example: The story of Willard Meek and the 312th Engineer Bn turned out to be our most successful one!

If you’d like to research a veteran make sure to email us at 

We will get back to you within 48 hours asking you for some information about the veteran you’re trying to research. It might be useful to gather all the information about the veteran you can get! Anything you know and heard can be useful in the process. Army Serial Numbers, V-Mail, Pictures, Service Records, anything can be useful!

We will do our best to keep the story alive of those who gave their lives for our freedom and help you to honor their service!

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  1. Brian Lewis
    September 17, 2017 - 10:06 pm

    Joe, Any information on Ivan C Lewis, Sgt, 2 Infantry Inducted in a Chicago in 1941

  2. Tracy Speier
    January 2, 2019 - 12:22 am

    I’m in the beginning phase of working with the Battle Creek Historical Museum to do an autobiography of my grandfather Ennis Dodd Ballew (R-2375305, 1621 Service Unit), who was a staff sergeant in the Army in WWI and WWII and was part of the Red Devils stationed at Camp Custer, 2nd infantry. He was also part of the Calvary prior to that, however I only have a couple of pictures of him on his horse with other members of the Calvary. When my mother died three years ago, I came across several of my grandfather’s military documents, pictures, and other odds and ends that I am now going through with volunteers from the museum. Here is some information from his retirement papers…”Master Sergeant Ballew has completed over thirty (30) years service at date of retirement. He as served on the Mexican Border, in the Philippine Islands, and with the Second Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Forces, during WWI. Sergeant Ballew has also served in Iceland and Ireland with the Fifth Infantry Division during WWII…

    …His record indicates that he has been issues the Mexican Border Service Medal, the Victory Medal with one battle clasp, the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon (in lieu of the Good Conduct Medal) and the Eastern Theater of Operations Ribbon…..His retirement date was August 31, 1944.

    I also have a copy of several enlistment records. I’m just at the beginning phase of putting all his documents that I have in some sense of order. I was just wondering if there is any chance you can help fill in some of the gaps of knowledge we might have as we begin this journey of putting his autobiography together.

  3. Bob Tomkins
    October 24, 2019 - 3:31 pm

    I think I left a comment already but Thanks Joe for your time and effort. My father served 3 1/2 years with the 353rd F.G. Stationed at 3 English Bases: Goxhill,Metfield and mostly at Raydon. I really am interested in the Bulge, And the whole European Theater of battle. Thanks again Joe, I’ll spread the word. Keep up the great work!
    Bob Tomkins

  4. Andrew Lillywhite
    October 29, 2019 - 10:36 pm


    Hope you are well? A bit of a long shot but desperate for some hep! My Grandad raised me following an untimely death of my father. I know very little about his service other than regiment name DOB. I was distraught to find a cousin had sold his medals etc which left me without service number. It would mean the world to me to be able retrieve records and replacement medals. He is truely my hero and saved my childhood giving me an amazing upbringing full of great memories! Any help you can offer would be unbelievably appreciated.

    Thank you

    Kind regards


    • joedemadio
      December 23, 2019 - 12:58 pm

      Hi there Andrew! I highly suggest contacting
      They are the best researchers and can help you with all of this.

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