4 Replies Latest reply on May 12, 2021 1:18 PM by Theresa Vennie

    Seeking a photo of my great grandfather Cecil Harding Cuff

    Theresa Vennie Wayfarer

      Hello:

       

      I am looking to find a photo of my great grandfather Cecil Harding Cuff. I know that he served during WWII. Please find information that I currently have:

       

      B. 09 Jul 1919 Pennsylvania

      D. 19 Jan 1956 Carlisle, PA

       

      Father- Claud Cuff

      Mother- Isabella Offitt (maiden name)

       

      Rank Sgt- Co A 839th Engineer Battalion

      Service date: 16 Oct 1942- 21 Dec 1945

       

      Thank you,

      Theresa

        • Re: Seeking a photo of my great grandfather Cecil Harding Cuff
          Tracy Skrabut Adventurer

          Dear Theresa,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub.

           

          Generally, photographs of individuals were not collected in military records, unless they were photographs taken by official military photographers usually for publicity. If you believe such a photograph might exist for Cecil, you may which to contact our Still Picture unit, which holds photographs of various U.S. Army activities from 1940 to 2007. Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.

           

          In regards to official photographs of individuals, the "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in the individual's Official Military Personnel File. However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.

           

          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 prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center 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.

           

          Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764.  We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.

           

           

          We hope this is helpful in your research.

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            • Re: Seeking a photo of my great grandfather Cecil Harding Cuff
              Theresa Vennie Wayfarer

              Hello Tracy:

               

              Thank you for responding to yet another one of  my questions. Do you suggest I wait a while to request the photo due to Covid as well as the OMPF?  I requested my father's Official Military Personnel File on 20 Feb 2021, and have not received any information. I am really hoping to find a photo as this would be of significance to me.  I never knew of my grandfather until I began my research. I know I stated great grandfather in the original question which was a typo on my part. 

               

              Thank you again for the information and for taking the time to thoroughly read my ask.

               

              Regards,

              Theresa 

            • Re: Seeking a photo of my great grandfather Cecil Harding Cuff
              Tracy Skrabut Adventurer

              Dear Theresa,

               

              Given the reduction in staffing, and the shift in priority in order to accommodate the emergency needs of veterans, it might be worthwhile to monitor the status page at the St. Louis facility and the veteran records request page, as these will be the best two places to keep abreast of when these facilities will be best able to address incoming requests for records. As you have already submitted a records request, I would advise monitoring the status of the request on the request page, as there is an option for that. I do know that our facilities are doing everything that they can to work towards returning to full operational status.

               

              Tracy

              • Re: Seeking a photo of my great grandfather Cecil Harding Cuff
                Theresa Vennie Wayfarer

                Hello Tracy:

                 

                I really appreciate the follow up. Unfortunately, I do not think that I will be able to track my request because the system crashed while providing the information.  With the guidance of a friend, I submitted a written request to include proof of relationship. Is there a way to track the letter or would I need to contact someone?

                 

                Regards,

                Theresa