1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 4, 2021 3:08 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records pertaining to the 102d Infantry Division ("The Ozarks")

    Richard Deveau-Maxwell Newbie

      How do I find out which archive holds records to pertaining to the 102d Infantry Division ("The Ozarks") for 1945?

        • Re: Seeking records pertaining to the 102d Infantry Division ("The Ozarks")
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Deveau-Maxwell,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          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 102nd Infantry Division during WWII. We also located a series titled 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 25 files relating to the 102nd Infantry Division during 1940s. Plus, we located Historical Files, 1943 - 1945 which includes the file 102nd Infantry Division. Additionally, we located 80th, 84th, and 102nd Infantry Division Records, 1945 - 1945 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498). 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.

           

          Next, we located Personal Files, 1917 - 1973 in the Frank A. Keating Papers (Collection DDE-1183) which contain documents relating to the military career of General Frank A. Keating during World War II when he commanded the 102nd Infantry Division.

           

          Photographs of various U.S. Army 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.

           

          Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 1947 - 1959 for Army units are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, MO. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.  Additionally, morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of RL-SL. 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 RDT2, RDSS, and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          We searched the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project and located 137 collections related to veterans of the 102 Infantry Division.

           

          Information concerning lineage and honors can be obtained from the U.S. Army Center of Military History, ATTN: DAMH-FPO, 103 Third Avenue, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC 20319-5058.

           

          The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, has a large collection of published unit histories as well as other collections pertaining to many units.

           

          WorldCat lists 52 results pertaining to the 102nd Infantry Division at various institutions.  Also, SNAC lists 10 collections at various institutions.

           

          Finally, you may wish to contact the 102nd Infantry Division Association, the National World War II Museum, and the National Museum of the US Army.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!