Dear Jessica Waszek,
Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!
In some instances during WWII, the Emergency Medical Tags, were retained by the Army and placed into the soldiers Official Military Personnel File. While I have personally seen them over the years, their retention is inconsistent from record to record. Furthermore, the NPRC fire in 1973 damaged and destroyed a large number of Army, Army Air Corps, and Air Force records making the job of locating these tags even harder. These tags are sometimes found in Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPF), especially when the case involves exhumation of remains for reburial in a permanent cemetery, or transportation back to the United States at the behest of the family. The IDPF is an excellent resource for information since they were not affected by the fire.
Under normal circumstances, requesting OMPFs or IDPFs is a pretty easy task. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our limited workforce, we are prioritizing requests from veterans and their families for medical emergencies, final military honors, and other essential benefits. Currently, there is a substantial backlog of routine requests, in addition to the emergency requests awaiting response. While it is still unknown how soon we will able to resume responding to routine requests, the National Archives at St. Louis and the National Personnel Record Center are working hard and taking an aggressive approach to decreasing response times and eliminating the backlog.
For more information about these records, and how to request them (when available), please visit https://www.archives.gov/st-louis .
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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