5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 1, 2021 1:09 AM by Philip Tavlian

    Photo of John Haynes first veteran from Humboldt County Ca to die in WWII.

    Maureen Konieczny Newbie

      Trying to find John Haynes of Humboldt County California Military Records from WWII.

        • Re: Photo of John Haynes first veteran from Humboldt County Ca to die in WWII.
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Does this sound like him below.



          Name:John Haynes
          Inducted From:California
          Combat Organization:680th Ordnance Company Aviation
          Death Date:8 Dec 1941
          Monument:Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines
          Last Known Status:Missing
          U.S. Awards:Purple Heart Medal
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          • Re: Photo of John Haynes first veteran from Humboldt County Ca to die in WWII.
            Maureen Konieczny Newbie

            Dear Elliot,

                 Yes!  Thank you so much.  I have been looking for quite some time.  Any thing more you can add like a photo would be wonderful. 

                            With much gratitude, Maureen Konieczny

            • Re: Photo of John Haynes first veteran from Humboldt County Ca to die in WWII.
              Rachael Salyer Ranger

              Dear Ms. Konieczny,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of John Haynes’ 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 before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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. 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.


              The "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be a permanent federal record 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 Mr. Haynes’ Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.


              In addition, photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov to see if they can offer any additional assistance; their website is Photographs and Graphic Works in College Park, Maryland. Please include as much information about your grandfather and his service as possible (e.g. name, dates, branch of service, unit number) when you submit your inquiry.


              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 RDSS. 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 information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!


              • Re: Photo of John Haynes first veteran from Humboldt County Ca to die in WWII.
                Philip Tavlian Newbie

                Maureen, my father was a member of the 680th Ordnance Company (3rd Aviation Pursuit).  According to a postwar Unit History prepared by the surviving members, a Private Paul Hains was killed in action at Clark Field on December 8, 1941.  Captain Floyd E. Whittenburg, who commanded the Company, stated in his remembrance of December 8: "At Clark Field, Sgt. Deckant was trying to get the men of the 3rd Platoon into the air raid trenches when he was killed instantly by a fragment of one of the first bombs dropped.  Pvt. Paul Hains was also killed at the same time.  All the rest of the 3rd Platoon gained cover and were unhurt.  Although there was extensive dame to aircraft and facilities, and command weathered the inital shock well and continued to function."  I realize "John Haines" is not the same as "Paul Hains" but the Unit History and Roster do not mention the surname "Haynes."


                Phil Tavlian

                Fresno, California