Dear Ms. Berwanger,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940 - 1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 407), which contains numerous records related to the 7th Armored Division. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for access to and information about these records, and be sure to include as much information as possible (e.g. dates of interest, your father’s unit number) in your inquiry.
We also located the series Unit Histories, 1943-1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that includes 117 files related to the 7th Armored Division. These records have not been digitized. You may contact RDT2 for assistance with them, and--again--please include as much information as possible when you submit your request.
You can use the Catalog to explore numerous additional records related to the 7th Armored Division in the 1940s, including several photographs that have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. Some of the records have not been digitized. You may contact the National Archives reference unit listed in each Catalog description for assistance with those particular records.
In addition, We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the Records of World War II Prisoners of War, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) that includes one file for an individual named Howard, Clarence A. We also located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes 4 files for individuals named Howard, Clarence A that may be of interest to you. We cannot confirm which, if any, of the individuals are the Clarence (Austin) Howard that you are interested in, but if you identify one of the files as your father, you may use that information to request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).
If you have not done so already, you may also wish to request a copy of your father’s 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. 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 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 RDT2 or other NARA reference unit. 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.
Finally, the US Army Center of Military History has some information online that may be useful for your research: 7th ARMORED DIVISION - Order of Battle of the United States Army - WWII - ETO. You may wish to contact them directly to see if they can offer any additional assistance.
We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your family research!
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Thank you so much!
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