1 Reply Latest reply on May 26, 2021 11:59 AM by Lauren Theodore

    Seeking others who were stationed in Stuttgart with my dad

    Samantha New Newbie

      Hi! How do I seek out others who were stationed in Stuttgart with my dad in the 1980s? I'm attempting to get in contact with others who may have known my dad. He was stationed in Stuttgart between 1982 or 1983 to 1985. He was a Tank Specialist, E3 or E4 at the time. My mom said he was in the 101st *something*, possibly 101st Airborne though she's not sure. I have already submitted a records request through archive.gov, but with covid delays there's no telling when that might come through. I have no idea how to find others who were in the same group (Outfit? Battalion? Team? I'm not sure of the correct term). Any help to point me in the right direction is very much appreciated. Websites, Facebook groups, records searches, etc.

        • Re: Seeking others who were stationed in Stuttgart with my dad
          Lauren Theodore Adventurer

          Dear Ms. New,


          Thank you for posting your question on History Hub.


          The first step to obtaining that information is to verify which unit your father was in while stationed at Stuttgart in the 1980s.


          Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  Or you may apply online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.


          For the most complete copy of a personnel file, in Section II, on the line for "Other" (Specify), write "Complete copy of every page of personnel file - not an extract." You can also request a DD-214, however that form only shows the last unit he was assigned to at the time of his discharge from the service.


          In 1974, the US Army discontinued unit rosters and replaced them with the Army Standard Installation Division Personnel System (SIDPERS), which included Personnel Data Cards (PDC) that replaced Morning Reports and Zero Strength Balance Reports (ZSBR). A SIDPERS contains information on the service member during the entire period of time assigned to an organization, regardless of length of time. It also includes information about TDY, AWOL, DEF, gains, losses, promotions, reductions. SIDPERS was discontinued on November 21, 1990. It is unclear if SIDPERS are available at the unit level to show all of the assigned members. We recommend reaching out to the NPRC for more information on these reports and their uses.


          You can also search online for groups of past members of units once you have your father's information. Many units and divisions have active Facebook pages and other websites where you may be able to find more information on those also stationed at Stuttgart at the same time as your father.


          We hope this information is helpful.




          The National Archives and Records Administration