1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 21, 2021 6:10 PM by Hannah Reynolds

    Looking for info on LTC Frank Joseph Fara, MD - WWII

    Frank Fara Newbie

      My father, Frank Joseph Fara, MD was in the Army Medical Corps in WW2, stationed overseas with the 2nd Convalescent Hospital and the 69th Division in North Africa, and Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.  Date of entry: 13 March, 1941; date of separation: 8 Jan, 1945.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.


      Frank Joseph Fara, Jr., MD

        • Re: Looking for info on LTC Frank Joseph Fara, MD - WWII
          Hannah Reynolds Wayfarer

          Dear Mr. Fara,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Army prior to October 16, 1992 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. 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. For more information see Request Military Service Records.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Unit Annual Reports, 1940 - 1949 series in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army), 1775 - 1994 (Record Group 112) that included file units titled 2nd Convalescent Hospital. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of your father’s different stations during WWII. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College - Park Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          For names of the members of the 2nd Convalescent Hospital and the 69th Division, we suggest requesting the unit morning reports instead of rosters. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities. Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          Lastly, you may wish to search Ancestry for the Military Records. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


          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 and RL-SL.


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