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Thank you for posting your request on History Hub.
In regards to your record request, before submitting a request for an OMPF, given the time period of enlistment, I might suggest reaching out to our Washington, D.C. unit to conduct a record search, as they all military records pre-WW1. You can find a more precise list of dates of coverage here:
If that search returns no record, then I would then proceed to order an OMPF search.
I would also reach out to our DC unit in regards to records of the 7th and 13th Cavalry. Here is a listing of the relevant series:
Records of United States Regular Army Mobile Units, 1821-1942
For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also find records of interest related to the 7th and 13th Cavalries in the following series:
Returns of Military Organizations, ca. 1800 - 12/1916
We hope this is helpful in your research.
Hi thanks very much for your advice Tracy.
I will look into those suggestions you recommended first and follow that route, instead of the ompf.
And thanks for your help also with the links above for info on the units.
Very much appreciated,
Can you provide more details on Frank Collins like DOB, place of birth to help narrow my search
He was from Ireland, born in 1888.
His enlistment record says from Philadelphia however.
He was living in Phila for a few years before his enlistment..
Best regards, Colm