1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 2, 2021 1:35 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking military records for Tec 4 Arthur Leroy Dryer

    Mar Moreno Newbie

      Seeking advice on finding my cousin Tec 4 Arthur Leroy Dryer's service record, 755th Tank Division - 5th Army Co. 'B' KIA in the battle of the Argenta Gap, Argenta - Italy.  Arthur was killed that day on 13 April 1945 only 26 days before VE Day, one of only 5 American casualties, I have only 2 records pertaining to his death, a military grave registration for Villasca, Montgomery, Iowa and an application for a Military Headstone that has pertinent information such as his unit at time of death, but very little else.

        • Re: Seeking military records for Tec 4 Arthur Leroy Dryer
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Moreno,

          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 individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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. 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.

           

          The information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940-1976 for U.S. Army personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). RL-SL also has morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959. For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

           

          There was no 755th Tank Division.  You may be referencing the 755th Tank Battalion. We searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 755th Tank Battalion during WWII. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@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 and RDT2. 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.