Dear Mr. Bienvenu,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located one file for Bienvenu, Leonard P., Pfc. in the series Personnel Files of the Office of Strategic Services, 1942 - ca. 1962 in the Records of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) (Record Group 226). These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about these and similar records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
Next, we searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file related to Bienvenu, Leonard P. You may use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).
If you have not done so already, we also suggest that you request a copy of Leonard P. Bienvenu’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.
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Thanks for your response. Still looking for info about the OSS missions he participated in - in China in 1946, 1947. Also, details about his activities with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the USS Pueblo incident. Thanks so much.
The OSS personnel file and the OMPF are the best places to start searching for information about specific missions or projects that Leonard P. Bienvenu was involved in. You may find information there that will lead you to additional records or resources.
Additionally, we searched two finding aids that are not available online for the OSS records, including the Personal Name Index and the Index to the Director’s Office Files, but we were unable to locate any entries for Leonard P. Bienvenu. As mentioned above, the RDT2 staff may be able to offer you additional assistance.
We also conducted an advanced search in the Catalog for the name Bienvenu in the Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (Record Group 263) and in the Records of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (Record Group 457), but those searches did not yield any results.
If you are interested in learning more about the USS Pueblo incident, you may wish to explore these results in the National Archives Catalog. You may contact the NARA reference unit listed in each Catalog description for more assistance with those particular records. And finally, you may also wish to review several additional History Hub posts related to the USS Pueblo.
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Here is some information on Leonard P. Bienvenu his service number #18170767
Records located in Box #56 shelf 230/86/27/03
There is also a record on a Lilly Bienvenu her service number is #A004960
Records located in Box #56 shelf 230/86/27/03
Please use those location numbers when requesting those records.