1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 2, 2021 11:57 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Service record of St. John, Ulysiss M. Jr lost at sea aboard Legarto (SS-371)

    T D Scarpulla Newbie

      How do I find the service record of St.John, Ulysiss Mckinley Jr. born in Alabama, who served the USN rate EM3 on the Legarto (SS-371) and lost at sea.  From the time of first notification of Missing and one year latter status change notification as presumed Dead, no other information has been received.  Searching for any data that would highlight His service as we document the impact of his loss to our family.  Thank you in advance. TDS

        • Re: Service record of St. John, Ulysiss M. Jr lost at sea aboard Legarto (SS-371)
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear TD Scarpulla,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We suggest that you request a copy of his
          Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. 

          If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Navy and Marine Corps Casualty Records , 1940 - 1989 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include a file for the sailor. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          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 RL-SL. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. 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.


          A brief history of the USS Largato is available in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships from the Naval History and Heritage Command.