Seeking reports for 65th Infantry Division - specifically 259 Infantry Regiment, Company E

Seeking reports for 65th Infantry Division - specifically 259 Infantry Regiment, Company E. My Grandfather's records were destroyed in the 1973 National Archives fire and I have been actively seeking as much information I can about his travels during WW2. I have general reports from the 259th but I am wondering if I can find anything more specific to Company E. I recently reached out to the county he lived in at the time in hopes maybe he filed a copy of his reports there. Thanks!


    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


    The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has custody of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338).  Military unit files among these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders. These records do not include personnel information, nor do we have a name index to these records.


    General orders, as referenced above, do include information about the official bestowal of medals on individual service personnel. However, these records are arranged by unit, thereunder by date and thereunder by general order number. We would need this information to search our records. If you have a copy of his discharge certificate, this information might be included therein.


    It is typically the case that infantry unit records in our custody are regiment- and division-level records. These records do not include company-level records. To be sure, individual companies can be mentioned in regiment- and division-level records.


    We have searched our available finding aids for the relevant series in the abovementioned record groups for records of the 259th Infantry Regiment, Sixty-Fifth U.S. Infantry Division, during World War II and located the following:


    Record Group 407

    Entry (NM3) 427

    Boxes 9572-9573 (2 boxes)


    We note that you have already been in contact with the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, MO. You were informed that any records pertaining to your grandfather’s military service that may have been at the NPRC prior to the 1973 fire were destroyed as the result of that conflagration. Unfortunately, there are no copies of personnel files that were destroyed as the result of the fire.


    Morning reports for U.S. Army (and U.S. Army Air Force) units (from November 1, 1912 to 1959) and U.S. Air Force units (from September 1947 to June 30, 1966) are in the custody of the National Archives in St. Louis, MO. Please contact them for access to these records. The address is the National Archives in St. Louis, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002 and the email address is   


    We invite you to continue the conversation with community members on History Hub, but should you have follow up questions for the staff at Archives II, please email us at so that we can assist you further. 


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




    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)