Name: Joseph James Allen
Birth Date: 7 Apr 1891
Death Date: 2 Jan 1946
Branch 1: AF
Enlistment Date 1: 11 May 1918
Release Date 1: 23 July 1919
Ancestry.com added the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 where I found the above. Before that record I didn't know when Joseph (my great-grandfather) died, when he was released from the military or even that he had a social security number. Three great mysteries about Joseph answered with one record! Now I can:
- Order his social security application
- Order his death certificate
- Locate/order an obituary for him
- Possibly deduce some information about his military service. I plan on looking into July/August 1919 newspapers for Jackson, Jackson, Michigan (where he was from) that mention returning troops.
The mystery of WHERE he died still remains, but thanks to this record I found earlier this year, I know he spent the last years of his life in and out of a VA hospital near Battle Creek. The other possibility is Jackson, where his home and family were.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a happy dance to go do.