2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 24, 2021 4:52 PM by Jerry Jackson

    World War 2 African Americans

    Jerry Jackson Newbie

      What is the best way to locations records of service and discharge of African Americans from WW2?

        • Re: World War 2 African Americans
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Jackson,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          Records pertaining to military service during World War II and most other time periods in American history are not arranged or indexed by racial categories.  Also, there are no comprehensive lists of African Americans that served in World War II.

           

          If there is a specific individual you are researching, we suggest that you request a copy of his or her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.