1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 9, 2021 2:17 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of I Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

    S Aaron Newbie

      How do I find unit records for Oct 1944-Mar 1945 of I Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division during WWII? Don Hollingsworth entered the Army on 17 Aug 1944, was killed in action 6 Feb 1945 in Colmar, France. How do I find where/when he trained, when/where he went overseas to join the I Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division? His IDPF only gives information on his death and burial.

        • Re: Seeking records of I Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear S. Aaron,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          For information about Don Hollingsworth’s service history, 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 II and were separated from the service (to include being killed in action while in service) 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.


          Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov


          We searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 7th Infantry Regiment and its component battalions during WWII. Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the battalion or regiment. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          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 RL-SL and RDT2. 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. Best of luck with your research!