3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 14, 2021 10:22 AM by Eric Kilgore

    Seeking military photos of Dreydon Thorp

    William Thorp Newbie

      I am seeking military photos of my dad, Dreydon Jones Thorp 06/25/1914

        • Re: Seeking military photos of Dreydon Thorp
          Elliot Schneider Guide



          Here is some information but this Dreydon Jones Thorp was born in 1924 are you sure you are correct with dates? Also please see where he is buried follow link. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65209563/dreydon-j-thorp


          Name:Dreydon J Thorp
          Birth Date:25 Jun 1924
          Death Date:20 Apr 2005
          Cause of Death:Natural
          Enlistment Branch:A
          Enlistment Date:17 Mar 1943
          Discharge Date:12 Feb 1946
          Page number:1





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          • Re: Seeking military photos of Dreydon Thorp
            Eric Kilgore Adventurer

            Dear William Thorp,


            Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!


            If your father served in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps, there is a good possibility that his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) contains a photograph.  Unfortunately,  Army and Army Air Corps OMPFs rarely contain photographs, with the exception of officers, and those are inconsistent.  Also, please note, that there was a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in 1973 that damaged and destroyed a large number of Army, Army Air Corps, and Air Force records.  In those cases, while the original record may no longer exist, , reconstructed records may be available.  The OMPFs are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis / National Personnel Record Center. 


            Under normal circumstances, requesting a copy of your father's OMPF, which would show awards and decorations is a pretty easy task.  However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our limited workforce, we are prioritizing requests from veterans and their families for medical emergencies, final military honors, and other essential benefits.  Currently, there is a substantial backlog of routine requests, in addition to the emergency requests awaiting response.  While it is still unknown how soon we will able to resume responding to routine requests,  the National Personnel Record Center is working hard and taking an aggressive approach to decreasing response times and eliminating the backlog.



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


            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 RRPO (The National Archives at St. Louis). We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

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