I found this photograph of Owen Degler recently. Information from the US Social Security Death Index states he was born November 9, 1919 and he died in 1971. Upon death, he would have been only 51. The following information about his enlistment is found at the National Archives World War II Enlistment Records from 1938 to 1946.
Military serial#: 33230249
Enlisted: May 4, 1942 in Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Military branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, Usa
Rank: Private, Selectees (enlisted Men)
Terms of enlistment: Enlistment For The Duration Of The War Or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion Of The President Or Otherwise According To Law
The photograph provides more information about Degler and his enlistment on the reverse. More importantly, Degler, is no longer a series of numbers, but he now has a face.
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