1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 15, 2019 10:16 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking my maternal grandfather's military records


      Can anyone help me find my grandfather's military records? He served in WWI, in the cavalry along the U.S./Mexico border.  His name was Peter N. Prins, his birthdate was 2-8-1897

        • Re: Seeking my maternal grandfather's military records
          Lisha Penn Ranger

          Dear Ms. DeHaan,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you obtain your grandfather’s Official Military Personnel Files. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA’s National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA’s National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that are in the custody of the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT). For access to these records, please contact RE-AT via email at atlanta.archives@nara.gov.


          On Ancestry, we located All Military Results for Peter N. Prins for you to review. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. However, you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/. Also, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search at https://www.familysearch.org/en/.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!