3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 16, 2021 12:34 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking service & unit records for Marcus Sperry

    Skye Parrott Newbie

      Can someone point me in the right direction to find service records for my great-grandfather Marcus Elliott Sperry? I have very little information, except the attached document showing that he shipped out of Hoboken in May 1918 as a 1st Lieutenant and was part of the 106th Supply Train . I also know that in April 1918 he was at Camp Logan in Texas.  Any tips for finding records of his service or those of his division would be very much appreciated. Advance thanks.

        • Re: Seeking service & unit records for Marcus Sperry
          Tracy Skrabut Adventurer

          Dear Skye,

           

          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!

           

          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. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195 OR view the record by visiting the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis, MO. 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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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

          • Re: Seeking service & unit records for Marcus Sperry
            Rachael Salyer Tracker

            Dear Ms. Parrott,

             

            We located some additional information that may be helpful.

             

            According to the US Army Center of Military History’s publication American Expeditionary Forces: Divisions, Volume 2, the 106th Supply Train was part of the 31st Division.

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records of Divisions, ca. 1918-1942 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) (Record Group 120) that contains 63 boxes of records related to the 31st Division that may include some information related to your research. Some of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog, but many of the records have not been digitized. For access to and information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.

             

            We also located this image of the 31st Division Insignia in the series General Correspondence, 1917-1920 in Record Group 120 that may be of interest to you. The insignia has been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. The other records in the series have not been digitized. You may contact RDT2 for additional assistance with these and similar records.

             

            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 apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

             

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

            • Re: Seeking service & unit records for Marcus Sperry
              Rachael Salyer Tracker

              Dear Ms. Parrott,

               

              We located some additional information that you may find helpful.

               

              According to the US Army Center of Military History’s publication American Expeditionary Forces: Divisions, Volume 2, the 106th Supply Train was part of the 31st Division.

               

              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records of Divisions, ca. 1918-1942 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) (Record Group 120) that contains 63 boxes of records related to the 31st Division that may include some information related to your research. Some of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog, but many of the records have not been digitized. For access to and information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.

               

              We also located this image of the 31st Division Insignia in the series General Correspondence, 1917-1920 in Record Group 120 that may be of interest to you. The insignia has been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. The other records in the series have not been digitized. You may contact RDT2 for additional assistance with these and similar records.

               

              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 apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

               

              Again, best of luck with your family research!