From a Scioto County, Ohio, donor comes a set of military orders. This multi-page document orders those detailed in the document to report to Fort George Meade, Maryland, from the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Camping Blanding, Florida. Many of those troops would have been replacements for units who sustained losses during the invasion of Normandy.
Aside from the soldier’s name is their Army Service Number (ASN), Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), their unit of origin, Number of days delay or leave, and the day they are to report.
The ASN is of genealogical importance as it can be used to identify they area in which they entered military service.
The conscripted force of the Army of the United States were issued service numbers in the 30 million range. Service numbers ranged from 30 000 000 to 39 999 999. As with Regular Army or Army of the United States voluntary enlistee service numbers, the second number corresponded to a geographical area where a person had been drafted and the last six were a personal identifier. The geographical codes matched those of voluntary enlistees and National Guard personnel, and were as follows:
31: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
32: Delaware, New Jersey, New York
33: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
34: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
35: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia
36: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin
37: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
38: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas.
39: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
The 30 code was reserved for those who had been drafted from outside the United States with the third number following the “30” determining the extra-US draft location. The extra-US draft codes which were established were 30 1 (Hawaii), 30 2 (Panama), 30 3 (the Philippines), and 30 4 (Puerto Rico).