7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 24, 2021 3:31 PM by Emanuela Weiss

    Seeking military records of Army Nurse Marion Smith

    Emanuela Weiss Wayfarer

      Hello, I recently came into possession of uniform trousers with the name Marion C. Smith and a serial number N-761899 or N-761889. Her uniform was left behind after World War II in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. I know that there were only two American hospitals in that city: the 45th Field Hospital and the 109th Evacuation Hospital. I am trying to find out which hospital Marion served in. I have searched the internet, but to no avail.  It is possible that I'm referring to Marion C. Smith McKay who was born on January 9, 1922 and died on March 10, 1994. She was a native of Chambersburg, Pa., and a graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia. I am not a family member. I would appreciate any help.


      HBT trousers named to Marion C. Smith ANC

        • Re: Seeking military records of Army Nurse Marion Smith
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Here is some information on her and where she is buried. Please see copy of the State of Pennsylvania compensation records for war service. You may also note that her N# is listed at the bottom of document and is actually N-761809.



          Name:Marion C Smith McKay
          Death Age:72
          Birth Date:9 Jan 1922
          Death Date:10 Mar 1994
          Interment Place:Virginia, USA
          Cemetery Address:C/O Director Arlington, VA 22211
          Cemetery:Arlington National Cemetery
          Plot:Section 3-Kk Row 1 Site 2
          Notes:1st Lt Us Army



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          • Re: Seeking military records of Army Nurse Marion Smith
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Weiss,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We suggest that you request a copy of her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for nurses of the U.S. Army 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 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 that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. It is not necessary to be a relative of the veteran to request her file. Military personnel records are completely opened to the public 62 years after the veteran leaves the military. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


            We 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) and the Unit Annual Reports, 1940 - 1949 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112) that may include records of the 45th Field Hospital and the 109th Evacuation Hospital during WWII. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), as are copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 1947 - 1959 for Army units. For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.


            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 RL-SL and RDT2. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. 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 is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

            • Re: Seeking military records of Army Nurse Marion Smith
              Guest Citizen Adventurer

              While researching your question, I noticed in Find a Grave Lt McKay ( Smith) had no marker pic of her grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Thanks to a speedy volunteer photographer at Find A Grave she does now.