1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 1, 2021 10:48 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking personnel records of those killed on USS Arizona

    Bobbie Jo Carter Newbie

      Are personnel records from sailors and Marines killed on the USS Arizona digitized? I read a news article from 2011 that said the records center was working to restore and preserve the personnel jackets from the Arizona. What is the status of that work? How can I see the completed records?

        • Re: Seeking personnel records of those killed on USS Arizona
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Carter,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We presume you are referring to the Dec 5, 2011 article Archivists here work to preserve personnel files from battleship Arizona from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The records described are the Service Record Book portion of the Official Military Personnel File.  This would be the part of the personnel record that was kept on board the ship. Because they were on the ship when it sank, they require conservation treatment to stabilize them and make them accessible to researchers.  This treatment has not been completed.  Also due to COVID19, work on these records temporarily stopped while the conservation staff focus on supporting emergency requests relating to veteran benefits.  If you have any questions about the preservation of these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at  stl.archives@nara.gov

          Since these records have not been digitized and are not available online, there is no option to order all of the records in bulk. If there is a specific sailor you are researching, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and before 1959 and officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service after 1902 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.  If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. 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, 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 this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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