4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 23, 2021 3:16 PM by Guohui Jiang

    Soldier's Qualification Card in WWII

    Guohui Jiang Wayfarer

      Hello everyone! I am looking for the records of Soldier's Qualification Card (WD AGO Form 20) which documented classification and assignment of enlistees during the WWII. I am wondering if these cards still exist and (if yes) where I can find them. Thanks a lot!

        • Re: Soldier's Qualification Card in WWII
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Jiang,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          If the form was retained by the War Department, it would have been filed with the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) of the individual soldier. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were 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.

           

          If there is a specific soldier you are researching, 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 1973 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.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

            • Re: Soldier's Qualification Card in WWII
              Guohui Jiang Wayfarer

              Dear Jason,

               

              Thanks for your reply! I am sure the form was retained by the War Department, but I am not looking for a specific soldier. Instead, I am for research use, which means that I need a way of copying a large number of records (if available). Do you know OMPF is open to this, once the pandemic is over?

               

              Thanks for your attention!

                • Re: Soldier's Qualification Card in WWII
                  Jason Atkinson Ranger

                  Dear Mr. Jiang,

                  Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                   

                  Only a limited number of Official Military Personnel Files have been digitized and are available online. Due to the massive number of records, it is not possible to digitize them all at this time, or to request copies of all of the OMPFs from World War II that survived the 1973 fire which destroyed approximately 80% of Army OMPF for personnel discharged November 1, 1912 to January 1, 1960. Prior to the shutdown of NARA research rooms nationwide in response to the pandemic, it was possible to request a limited number of OMPFs through the research room at the National Archives at St. Louis.  For more information about conducting research with these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at stl.archives@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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

                   

                  We hope this is helpful.