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October 30, 2018

Found WW2 USA Soldier ID Tag Elmer E. Sheriff

Malcolm A. sent this photo of an American dog tag he found in the United Kingdom.

Hi I am a metal detectorist from the UK. Today whilst out searching I found an American dog tag from the World war II. I would love to re unite it with his family if there are any dependants alive. The name on the tag is Elmer E Sheriff. His next of kind was A J Sheriff. The address was 606 Main St. Bellwood. PA. The service number is 0-1104394. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you. PS I've found out that he died on the 5th November 1976 age 70 in Wickenburg Arianna.  He was married to Virginia Louise Pemberton  in Wickenburg Arizona

Lorine's Research: Friends, an Elmer E. Sheriff enlisting in WW2  can be seen online on the National Archives. His service number is 20323529

Fold3 shows an Elmer E. Sheriff in the Vietnam War with service number shown 0-1004394 (out by one digit).

The 1940 census for Bellwood, Blair Pennsylvania shows a 33 year old Elmer son of A.J. Sheriff (sames as next of kin on dog tag) and Edna. Veteran Compensation Files dated June 1950 show Elmer as born Feb. 3, 1906 in Bellwood and serving in the National Guard.

My brief research seems to indicate that Elmer was an only child and had no children of his own. His wife was married three times according to a memorial on Find A Grave. 

Can any of my wonderful readers find a living descendant so Malcolm can send the dog tag home?



LPierce said...

I sent a message to Bvanderet on Ancestry as it looks like he has this person in his family tree. I hope he contacts you and to clarify.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Thank you!

Cynthia Reeder said...

An article in the Tyrone Herald (Pa) on Feb 14, 1947 says that he was a master Sargent stationed on Permisen Germany and had a daughter Michelle and a son Robert (who attended Bellwood-Antis schools). An article in the same paper on June 26, 1969 indicates he was a Major and was living in Los Angeles.

Cynthia Reeder said...

Below is a link to what appears to be his wife’s obituary