1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 24, 2021 2:10 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking military records of MG Boniface Campbell

    Richard Hartness Newbie

      I am writing a biography of Major General (U.S. Army, deceased) Boniface Campbell. Any information from NARA files would be helpful.

        • Re: Seeking military records of MG Boniface Campbell
          Rachael Salyer Tracker

          Dear Mr. Hartness,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Boniface Campbell’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 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.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 2 files related to Boniface Campbell in the series Chronological Files in the V.S. Pan Papers (Collection HST-VSP) that have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. You may also contact the Harry S. Truman Library (LP-HST) at truman.reference@nara.gov for more information about these and similar records.


          You can also find a reference to Boniface Campbell on page 6 of the file USS Dutchess - War Diary, 6/1-30/45 in the series World War II War Diaries, Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38). This file has been digitized and can be viewed in the Catalog, and you may contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for assistance with these and similar records.


          We also located a photograph of Campbell, Boniface in the series Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Military Personnel, Defense Department and Other Government Officials, Royalty, and Heads of State in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319). This image has not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov for access to and information about this record.


          Since Major General Boniface Campbell served as the commander of the Fifth Corps and as the commandant of Fort Holabird, you may also be interested in the numerous records related to the V Corps in the 1950s and the multiple records related to Fort Holabird in the 1950s that we identified in the Catalog. Most of these records have not been digitized, and you may contact the individual NARA reference unit listed in each Catalog description for more assistance with those records.


          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 LP-HST, RDT2, and RDSS. 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, you may also wish to contact the U.S. Army Center of Military History to see if they can offer you any additional assistance.


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