1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 22, 2021 11:31 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking records of training & companies served in by father

    Nancy Prince Newbie

      My father was stationed at Camp Lee for Basic Training 12/7/1943. He completed tech training as truck driver March, 1944 and A.S.F.F.R.T.R field training in April.  His discharge indicates he was in 286th Quartermaster Refrigerator Company.  Headstone application lists Tec 4, 3488th Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Company.  He was in the Pacific from 7/8/44 to 7/22/46, probably stationed on New Guinea first, then Manilla the last year, where he was Chief Dispatcher.  Appreciate any ideas about 1) what the field training was, 2) what did quartermaster refrigerator companies do, 3) what was Ord Mam co?  4) was his unit assigned to a particular "army", division etc.?

        • Re: Seeking records of training & companies served in by father
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Prince,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located General Records, 1941 - 1953 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that contain records of the Quartermaster Replacement Training Center at Fort Lee, VA and the training held there. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may contain records of the 286th Quartermaster Refrigerator Company and the 3488th Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Company during WWII. In addition, we located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that includes 2 history files of the 286th Quartermaster Refrigerator Company. For information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          If you have not already done so, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


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          You may wish to review these websites: The Quartermaster Corps: Operations in the War Against Germany; and TM 10-615 Quartermaster Refrigeration Company, Mobile, 1943 : United States. Army. Quartermaster Corps. Military Training Division for additional information and/or resources.


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