Dear Ms. Adams,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you request a copy of his 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. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
Clinical records created before 1960 for Army personnel were usually filed in the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). They were not retired to National Personnel Records Center in separate shipments by hospitals. Therefore, many of the documents recording inpatient care for Army veterans were destroyed in the 1973 fire.
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Thank you. I have previously requested records from NARA but they were unable to provide any. I am not sure if the reconstruction of burned files is ongoing so will again submit a request for my father's personnel file in hopes that reconstruction efforts are continuing.
Here is some information on him.
Field Title Value Meaning NAME KAMINSKI#JOSEPH#J####### KAMINSKI#JOSEPH#J####### RESIDENCE: STATE 91 CALIFORNIA RESIDENCE: COUNTY 037 LOS ANGELES PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 9141 LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 24 24 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 01 01 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 42 42 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION P5T# Undefined Code GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION AC# Air Corps BRANCH: CODE 20 Air Corps FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law LONGEVITY ### ### SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life NATIVITY 61 ILLINOIS YEAR OF BIRTH 12 12 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen EDUCATION 0 Grammar school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 678 Semiskilled machine shop and related occupations, n.e.c. MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 6 Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10 CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 0306 0306 FILM REEL NUMBER 3.28# 3.28#
These records are open to the public and this helps the individual or family member in locating the records if they have very limited data.
Name: Joseph J Kaminski Gender: Male Birth Date: 9 Nov 1912 Death Date: 11 Oct 1981 Enlistment Branch: ARMY Enlistment Date: 24 Jan 1942 Discharge Date: 20 Oct 1945
Thank you for this. Most of the information on the first attachment I already had. I have been researching for a while. However, I had not seen the registration card nor did I know the date my father was discharged. In fact I had another of his sisters as a contact. I certainly appreciate any and all information you can provide.
Again, thank you!