10 Replies Latest reply on Mar 12, 2021 7:07 PM by Diane Mckoon

    Seeking service records of Charles Baker

    Diane Mckoon Newbie

      My biological father was Charles. E. Baker, was informed that years ago his service records and metals were lost in a house fire. Can these be replaced? Also was told that he may have served under General Patton as a scout. Not really sure what branch of the service he was in, we have a picture of him with a navy hat and one hat with wings on the front of it.  I was told he refused to carry any I.D. on him after the war, he went from job to job and state to state after the war.  Family states he just disappeared, and was never heard from or seen again. Do not have any idea where he died or where he was buried.  Would appreciate any information that can be found.  Thanks

        • Re: Seeking service records of Charles Baker
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Diane,

           

          Do you have at least a DOB. or place of birth. Charles E. Baker is very common name and so far there are over 1200 names of Charles E. Baker who registered for WW2. Any additional information would be helpful.

           

           

           

          Thanks,

           

          Elliot

          • Re: Seeking service records of Charles Baker
            Shannon Kerner Adventurer

            Dear Ms. Mckoon,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and 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 Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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, 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!

             

              • Re: Seeking service records of Charles Baker
                Diane Mckoon Newbie

                I have some new information.  His Army number was 35692977 and served in Battery 335th Field Artillery Battalion, 87th Infantry from 1943-1945. It had something to do with The Golden Acorn. Does this help to find information? Thanks

                  • Re: Seeking service records of Charles Baker
                    Shannon Kerner Adventurer

                    Dear Ms. Mckoon,

                     

                    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                     

                    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) that includes records of the 335th Field Artillery Battalion, 87th Infantry Division during  WWII. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. We were unable to locate specific records of the batteries attached to the 335th.  Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the battalion.

                     

                    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 RDT2.

                     

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

                    • Re: Seeking service records of Charles Baker
                      Elliot Schneider Pioneer

                      Diane,

                       

                      The information you provide including the service number is the exact information that I provided in my previous post. Perhaps you did not see that information above. Here is some additional information.

                       

                      https://history.army.mil/documents/ETO-OB/87ID-ETO.htm

                        • Re: Seeking service records of Charles Baker
                          Diane Mckoon Newbie

                          Thank you for your help, I do not have the previous post you are referring to.  I am sorry if I  seem to be difficult on understanding the information.  I don't think I got the info you sent.  This is very interesting to search for this information.  I have waited for 64 yrs, and to even think I could ever find my biological parents.  Of course he is deceased but it still is an emotional roller coaster.  So I apologize if I seem ignorant about the information. I don't know a lot about military wording.

                          Thanks again for your help, have a blessed weekend.

                    • Re: Seeking service records of Charles Baker
                      joan stachnik Tracker

                      Hi Diane, you might want to consider posting the photos you have, if your biological father is in uniform. Someone on this forum might be able to identify his branch of service. Hope this is of some help. joan