2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 27, 2021 3:45 PM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking military records of Darrell James Birch

    Lorie McDonald Newbie

      Retired from Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC as a Colonel

      DOB: March 16, 1920 - Sparks/Reno, Nevada

      DOD: October 28, 2008 – Columbia, SC

      Army Serial Number: 39679213

      Enlistment Date: October 7, 1941

      Specifically looking for his WWII and Korean War records.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Darrell James Birch
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Lorie,

           

          Most of the information you seek will be in his OMPF file which is held at the NARA/NPRC MPR center which holds service members service records. However, currently you will not be able to request such records due to the pandemic.

          NARA has a website dedicated for updates, they still are not clear when they will resume normal operations. Currently they are only servicing "Emergency Requests" pertain to burials, deaths, and homeless veterans.

           

          But here is some information to help you when the day comes that they will resume normal operations. Please also see link on where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43902089/darrell-james-birch

           

          https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestate/obituary.aspx?n=darrell-james-birch&pid=119509513&fhid=5564

           

           

          Name:Darrell J Birch
          Race:White
          Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
          Rank:Private
          Birth Year:1920
          Nativity State or Country:Nevada
          Citizenship:Citizen
          Residence:Washoe, Nevada
          Education:4 years of college
          Civil Occupation:Semiskilled occupations in production of beverages
          Enlistment Date:7 Oct 1941
          Enlistment Place:Salt Lake City, Utah
          Service Number:39679213
          Branch:Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
          Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
          Source:Civil Life
          Height:65
          Weight:191

           

           

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          • Re: Seeking military records of Darrell James Birch
            Lori Norris Newbie

            Dear Lorie McDonald,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

            We were able to find a partial record under Army Serial Number 39679213.  If you would like to investigate further, the World War II Army Enlistment Records are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) and are available via AAD (Access to Archival Databases) on the National Archives website at: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/.  Click on "World War II" under the category section. A list of the databases relating to WWII will appear and select the first database to search the WWII Army Enlistment Records. 

             

            As for any additional WWII and Korean War records, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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 can also 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 can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

             

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