2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 21, 2021 3:36 PM by Elliot Schneider

    Do World War II Army Personnel Records include photographs?

    Cath Ellis Newbie

      Hi, I'm wondering if Army personnel records include any photos.


      I'm looking for more information about the following person:


      City of Birth:Brooklyn
      State of Birth:NY
      ID Number:177479
      Home City:Brooklyn
      Home State:NY
      Company:Co I|Hq Det 3rd Bn|Co A
      Regiment:106th Infantry|186th Field Artillery|101st M P Bn
      Enlist Date:11 01 1937
      Separation Date:8/18/1945

      Cheers, Cath

        • Re: Do World War II Army Personnel Records include photographs?
          Rachael Salyer Tracker

          Dear Ms. Ellis,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of this individual’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.


          Please note that the "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be a permanent federal record by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in the individual's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.


          In addition, photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). You may contact them via email at stillpix@nara.gov to see if they can offer any additional assistance.


          Finally, military unit records, such as the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407), occasionally contain some photographs related to the activities of a unit. 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 RDSS 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.


          We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!

          • Re: Do World War II Army Personnel Records include photographs?
            Elliot Schneider Ranger



            Here is some additional information below might also want to check New York NG records prior to him being federalized.

            Name:George R Vazenry
            Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
            Rank:Private First Class
            Birth Year:1919
            Nativity State or Country:New York
            Residence:Kings, New York
            Education:3 years of high school
            Civil Occupation:Semiskilled mechanics and repairmen, motor vehicles
            Enlistment Date:10 Mar 1941
            Enlistment Place:Brooklyn, New York
            Service Number:20285251
            Component:National Guard (Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
            Source:National Guard




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