1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 30, 2021 11:28 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking records of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion Band

    William Wheeler Newbie

      In WWII, the 716th Railway Operating Battalion had a battalion band that was organized by Sgt. Howard Riggle.  It is briefly mentioned in "The Soldier-Railroaders' Story of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion" published in 1946. I am trying to find more information on this band, specifically if Pvt. George A. Trimmer, ASN 33659457, played in it.

        • Re: Seeking records of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion Band
          Lisha Penn Navigator

          Dear Mr. Wheeler,


          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 may include records of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion during WWII. We also 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 historical files of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion during the 1940s.  For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. Information pertaining to the band may be included in the records of the battalion.


          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) if you have not already done so. 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


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          You also may wish to review these websites: The soldier-railroaders' story of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion and The soldier-railroaders story of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion unit history for additional information and/or resources.


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