2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 15, 2021 10:39 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking military records for Elvin Elwood Hooper

    Jimmie Hooper Newbie

      Seeking to find military personnel records for my cousin who died in the Canal Zone during WWII. His name was Elvin Elwood Hooper. He was assigned to Ron 2.

        • Re: Seeking military records for Elvin Elwood Hooper
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Hey Jimmie,


          Here is some information. Here is where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38364992/edwin-elwood-hooper





          Name:Elvin Elwood Hooper
          Rank:Gunner's Mate Third Class
          Service Number:2661506
          Military Branch:U.S. Navy
          War:World War II
          Death Date:6 Sep 1942
          Cemetery Plot Number:C
          Cemetery Row:6
          Cemetery Section:Grave: 38
          Cemetery:Corozal American Cemetery
          Burial Place:Panama City, Panama
          Notes:A 25 year old American man from Dare County, North Carolina serving on active duty as a Gunner's Mate Third Class with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He died on September 6, 1942 at Dock 7, Balboa, Canal Zone, and was buried at Corozal American Cemetery.
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          • Re: Seeking military records for Elvin Elwood Hooper
            Lisha Penn Navigator

            Dear Mr.  Hooper,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that contains war diaries and reports concerning the activities of MTB RON-2 during World War II. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.  Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Navy and Marine Corps Casualty Records , 1940 - 1989 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include a file for Elvin Elwood Hooper. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


            We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 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.  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.


            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. 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 family research!