4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 4, 2020 4:26 PM by Michael Mullins

    Seeking military service records of Edward Booth

    Michael Mullins Newbie

      I am looking for details on my Uncle's unit(s) of assignment, and Silver Star award (w/citation) in order to complete our families military service histories. Edward F Booth was born on Aug 13, 1918 in Scioto County, Ohio and enlisted in the Army on Aug 31, 1940 at Fort Knox, KY. His ASN is 15045663. He served with the 6th Armored Division (I believe a tank commander?) and received a Silver Star (HQ 6th Armored Division General Orders No. 132 - 1945) & Purple Heart.  I remember him from family gathering back in the early 1950s and seeing many war trophies he sent home from Europe. I have lost all contact with his immediate family and would like to know the Regiment and dates he served with and any other details of his service that could be provided. I've found only the above information and have tried to get more 'detailed' information from many other sources without success. Thanks very much for any effort you might give to my inquiry.

        • Re: Seeking military service records of Edward Booth
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Michael,

           

          Here is the information on the particular GO# that you need to request from. Your request will look like this HQ 6th AD, GO# 132 1945. May also want to look up morning reports from the NPRC when things open back up and they resume normal operations.

           

          Silver Star AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING World War II

          Service: Army
          Division: 6th Armored Division
          GENERAL ORDERS: Headquarters, 6th Armored Division, General Orders No. 132 (1945)

          CITATION: (UNCONFIRMED - Citation Needed): Edward F. Booth, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 6th Armored Division during World War II.

          • Re: Seeking military service records of Edward Booth
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Mr. Mullins,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). 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 1958 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. If there is any information requested by the form which you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates, such as writing “World War II” instead of dates, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

             

            We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes a file pertaining to Edward F Booth. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his/her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

             

            We also searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 6th Armored Division and may include a copy of HQ 6th Armored Division General Order No. 132 - 1945. General Orders sometimes provide further information about unit assignments at the time of the award. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

             

            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. Also, the NPRC closed again as of November 7, 2020 until further notice. NPRC will respond only to requests involving burials, medical emergencies, and homeless veterans.  If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines or emergency requests may be faxed to (314) 801-0764.  If your request is not an emergency, you may still submit the request now, however be advised that it will be quite some time until NPRC can respond to your request. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.

             

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