2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 25, 2021 8:35 AM by Richard Burggren Jr

    Seeking records of 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division

    Richard Burggren Jr Newbie

      My grandfather was a 3/4 ton truck driver in Service Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War, 1950-1951. I would like to find the unit records, and would also like to find his personnel files.

        • Re: Seeking records of 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Burggren,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Command Reports, 1949 - 1954 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes 35 files for the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. We also located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that includes 66 files for the 8th Cavalry Regiment and 319 files for the 1st Cavalry Division during the 1950s. 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. We were unable to locate specific records of the Service Company.  Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the regiment.

           

          Copies of most of the monthly rosters from 1947 - 1959 and morning reports from November 1, 1912 to 1959 for Army units are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact 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 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. 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. 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 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 RDT2 and 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!

           

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