6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2021 1:33 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Joseph Ashby Jennings

    Drew Lorelli Wayfarer

      I am looking for military records on Joseph Ashby Jennings. He served in the army during World War I. Born in 1895. Should I fill out an OMPR form? Or the selective service request form? I know that 80% of the army personnel forms were destroyed in the 1973 fire, so I wanted to make sure if it was even worth looking into. Thanks!

        • Re: Joseph Ashby Jennings
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Lorelli,

          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 soldiers of the U.S. Army who served during World War I 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.

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that includes a card for Joseph Ashby Jennings, born 26 October 1895. We are attaching a copy of the record to the end of our reply.

           

          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 RE-AT. 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 also searched for Joseph Ashby Jennings  in the U.S., Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940, available through Ancestry.com, and located the following entry which may be a match for the subject of your research. In this context, "Military Date" is most likely his enlistment date.

           

          Name:Joseph Ashby Jennings
          Record Type:Military Service
          Birth Date:26 Oct 1895
          Military Date:19 Mar 1918
          Residence Place:Washington, District of Columbia
          Death Date:24 May 1938

           

            • Re: Joseph Ashby Jennings
              Drew Lorelli Wayfarer

              Thank you, Jason! Very helpful. Will I be able to submit an eVet request online for his records even though I’m not next of kin? Joseph was my great grandfather.

                • Re: Joseph Ashby Jennings
                  Jason Atkinson Guide

                  Dear Mr. Lorelli,

                  Thank you for posting your follow up request on History Hub!

                   

                  You may submit the request through eVetRecs.  Please select  "Other” where it asks you “'Are you requesting as the veteran or as next of kin?” Then select "other relative".

                   

                  Given that your relative served during World War I, he most likely separated from service more than 62 years ago.  If that is the case, there will be no restriction on accessing the file if it survived the 1973 fire.

                   

                  As noted in our previous reply, NPRC continues to be operating on a limited basis because of COVID19 and is currently only processing emergency requests.

                   

                  We hope this is helpful.

                    • Re: Joseph Ashby Jennings
                      Drew Lorelli Wayfarer

                      Thanks, Jason. So, since only emergency requests are being processed, I can still submit my request. But it’ll just take longer to process, correct? As long as it eventually gets processed?

                        • Re: Joseph Ashby Jennings
                          Jason Atkinson Guide

                          Dear Mr. Lorelli,

                           

                          Thank you for posting your 2nd follow-up request on History Hub!

                          That is correct.  You may still submit your request now. However, it will not be processed until local public health conditions permit the resumption of non-emergency operations.  Regrettably, we can not provide any estimate as to when this might happen.  Also, please be advised that NPRC already has a substantial backlog of non-emergency requests that will likely delay processing new requests.

                           

                          We hope this is helpful.

                           

                  • Re: Joseph Ashby Jennings
                    Alice Lane Ranger

                    Hi Drew,

                    Welcome to History Hub

                    Alice Lane

                    Research Volunteer

                     

                    Joseph Ashby Jennings (1895-1938) - Find A Grave Memorial-ha

                    has a photo of Joseph in uniform

                     

                    Joseph Ashby Jennings family tree on familysearch.org....family search is a free website, you just need to register to use       Joseph Ashby Jennings (1895–1938) | Person | Family Tree | FamilySearch

                    You can consult with the family tree contributors. There are 25 sources of information about him attached to tree.

                     

                    United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS1R-D9VQ-P?cc=2968245