2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 8, 2021 6:29 PM by Peter Kopecek

    Seeking information about Lt Col Gordon Dorrance

    Kimberly Payne Newbie

      I am looking for information about Lt. Col Gordon Dorrance of Military Intelligence Division 7/1942 - 12/1943. I picked up his certificate at a yard sale and was just curious if anybody had any information on him.

        • Re: Seeking information about Lt Col Gordon Dorrance
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Payne,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Gordon Dorrance’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Personnel (201) Files, 1940-1944 in the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (Record Group 165) that contains personnel records related to enlisted men and officers serving with the New York Office of the Military Intelligence Service. We also located the series Officer "201" Personnel Files, 6/1942-6/1944 in Record Group 165 that contains personnel records related to officers permanently or temporarily assigned to the American Intelligence Command, Military Intelligence Service; American Intelligence Command, Miami Beach, Florida; and, American Intelligence Service, Miami Beach, Florida, or assigned as Assistant Military Attaches or Military Attaches in Latin America. In addition, we located the series Field Station Files, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Office of Strategic Services (Record Group 226) that includes a file pertaining to G. Dorrance in Box 587, Folder 469. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov  for assistance with them.


          Next, we located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) and a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that include Military Intelligence unit files  Because the files are arranged hierarchically, identification of the specific unit (i.e., division, regiment, and battalion) and date of interest are necessary before a search can be conducted. They do not include personnel or medical information, and we do not have a name index to these records. If you request his OMPF and determine which unit Lt. Col. Dorrance served in, then please contact RDT2 to request ginformation about his unit.


          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, NPRC currently will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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


          • Re: Seeking information about Lt Col Gordon Dorrance
            Peter Kopecek Newbie

            Hello Kimberly,

            Lt Col Gordon Dorrance was possibly my late Great Uncle. I would need to know what information is provided on the certificate to confirm.  Thanks, Pete