1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 12, 2021 2:32 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking whether Marines from Lafayette County were in Haiti

    Curtis Browne Newbie

      I am researching the historical connections between Lafayette County, Mississippi (particularly Oxford) and Haiti during the early 20th century. I've therefore been led to wonder whether any US Marines who spent time in Haiti during the occupation of 1915-1934 hailed from Lafayette County. Would it be possible to view a personnel record of US Marines in Haiti to determine this?

        • Re: Seeking whether Marines from Lafayette County were in Haiti
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Browne,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Various offices within the Department of Defense have informed us that no agency of the Federal Government has ever compiled comprehensive lists of all individuals who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in any of the various wars, conflicts and deployments who were from particular states or communities.  If you have not already done so, we suggest you contact the Mississippi Adjutant General's Office.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Muster Rolls, 1/1798 - 12/1940 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that may be useful in identifying the names of US Marines that deployed to Haiti.  However, these records do not include hometown information.  For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) and medical records of officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who were separated from service after 1904 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests


          Please note that you MUST request personnel files one at a time for specific individual Marines. The records are not indexed or arranged by the hometown of the Marine or the places to which he was deployed.  Furthermore, the National Archives is not staffed to review each personnel file from this time period to determine which if any file meets your research criteria. Finally, there are reproduction fees for OMPFs depending on the size of the file. Given these considerations, attempting to identify all the Marines that deployed to Haiti, then requesting and reviewing all of their personnel records would be a laborious, time consuming, and expensive process. 


          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 RDT1. 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 hope this is helpful.