2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 21, 2021 8:10 AM by Rachael Salyer

    information on grandparent wwII chaplain

    mrs clark Newbie

      Hello,

      I am seeking information regarding my Grandfather who was a Chaplain in WWII. I would prefer a private interaction rather than a published one.

      Thank you

        • Re: information on grandparent wwII chaplain
          Eric Kilgore Adventurer

          Dear Mrs. Clark,

           

          Thank you for your question on History Hub!

           

          The records you would need to request would be your grandfather's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) which is part of Record Group 319 and Chaplain File, Record Group 247.  Both of these series are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, located at the National Personnel Record Center (NPRC).  There is a high probability that your grandfathers OMPF was affected by the 1973 fire at the NPRC due to the sheer volume of Army records that were damaged or destroyed.  However, the Chaplain Files are a separate series and were not at that facility at that time.   You can request your grandfather's OMPF here: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records .

           

          To request your grandfather's Chaplain File, please write to the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RRPO, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757 or via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

           

          Please note, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our limited workforce, we are prioritizing requests from veterans and their families for medical emergencies, final military honors, and other essential benefits.  Currently, there is a substantial backlog of routine requests, in addition to the emergency requests awaiting response.  While it is still unknown how soon we will able to resume responding to routine requests,  the National Personnel Record Center is working hard and taking an aggressive approach to decreasing response times and eliminating the backlog.  Please understand, that your request will be placed into a queue for non-emergency requests until such time as we are able to process it.

           

          Unfortunately we do not have the capability to respond directly to the original poster privately.  Feel free to direct specific inquiries to stl.archives@nara.gov

           

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

           

           

           

          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 RRPO (The National Archives at St. Louis). We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

          • Re: information on grandparent wwII chaplain
            Rachael Salyer Pioneer

            Dear Mrs. Clark,

             

            We located some additional information that may be helpful in your research.

             

            The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of multiple series of operations reports and unit histories from World War II. For example, the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) and the series Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) contain information about U.S. Army units. If you know which branch of service and unit your grandfather served with, you might be able to find some relevant information in series like these. Please note that these records typically do not include personal information about individuals; rather, they provide information about and insight into the activities of the unit as a whole. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 directly at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these and similar records. When you submit your inquiry, please include as much information about your grandfather’s service as possible.

             

            In addition, you may also wish to explore descriptions of records related to the War Department’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains in the Catalog.

             

            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, we hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your family research!