2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 18, 2021 4:54 PM by Donna Travis

    Seeking military service of John Campbell

    Donna Travis Wayfarer

      My Great Uncle is a bit of a family mystery. We had only one picture of him which I have included. I have found two records, which I have included, and am wondering if anyone can help me understand the notes on the back of his WWII Registration Card...was he previously registered at Fort Jay or was he in the prison or working at the prison? The only other record I have been able to locate is the United States Census of 1940 which lists him as a Sergeant in the U. S. Army Air Corps in Balboa, Albrook Field, Panama Zone.  His name was John Yerkees Campbell, he was born in 1900 in Dunraven, Perry County, Kentucky. He was one of 12 children. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have not heard back from the Records Department yet and would love to fill in some blanks while I wait. Thank you!

      Front of John Yerkee Campbell's Registration Card


      Back of John Yerkee Campbell's Registration Card

      John Yerkee Campbell Panama Zone Census 1940 US Army Air Corps

        • Re: Seeking military service of John Campbell
          Lisha Penn Navigator

          Dear Ms. Travis,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located File 01083117 that pertains to Albrook Field, Canal Zone. Since the reel number begins with K, the microfilm is still security classified and RDT2 will not be able to make the reel available to you. The original paper copy from which the film was created is still in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) and has been declassified. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Classification Records for New York City, 10/16/1940 - 3/31/1947 in the Records of the Selective Service System (Record Group 147) that may include information about his first registration at Fort Jay. We also located the Classification Records for Kentucky, 10/16/1940 - 3/31/1947 in Record Group 147 that may include the reason for the explanation on his draft card. For more information, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          Next, we searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the enlistment record for John Y. Campbell. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his  Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) if you have not already done so.


          To determine if he was a guard or prisoner at Fort Jay, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army Air Force who were separated from the service after June 1917 and 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.  For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          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. Also, the NPRC is closed except for emergencies. Currently, NPRC 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 any inconvenience.


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


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            • Re: Seeking military service of John Campbell
              Donna Travis Wayfarer

              Thank you so much Lisha!


              Everything you have done and shared with me is so helpful. I had hardly anything to go on and

              your research has helped me narrow down my search so much and I will follow your recommendations!

              I can’t begin to tell you how great it is to be able to start to put the pieces together on this family mystery!


              Thanks again,