4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 4, 2021 12:32 PM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking records of Fred E. Raether and 7th Marine Division

    Val Burgess Wayfarer

      Hello, Please find my request for information about veteran Fred E. Raether's service and that of his unit, CO.G, 2 BN, 7 MAR DIV, FMF in the Pacific conflict during WWII. He was WIA. I'm looking for information about his service in the battle of Okinawa. His birth date was November 25, 1925 and he died on December 28, 2012. I have a location of battle call TAB RAE-RAL, Item ID 635644. Thank you for your time and attention.

        • Re: Seeking records of Fred E. Raether and 7th Marine Division
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Val,

           

          If you have not done so I would reach out to the following since NARA remains mostly shutdown to researching. You can send a reference or a request on what you are seeking they should be able to help you.

           

           

          Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division

          2044 Broadway Street

          Quantico, VA  22134

           

          Telephone:

          703-784-4685

           

           

          Email:

           

          Archives Branch reference requests and general inquiries: history.division@usmcu.edu

           

           

          Command Chronology requests and submissions: mcu_5750@usmcu.edu

          • Re: Seeking records of Fred E. Raether and 7th Marine Division
            Rachael Salyer Pioneer

            Dear Val Burgess,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            Based on information available online from the Marine Corps History Division, there were 6 Marine Divisions during World War II and the 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division fought in Okinawa.

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records of Ground Combat Units, Support Units and Other Commands, 1939-1950 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that consists of war diaries, readiness reports, station lists, unit histories, action reports, operational plans and orders, and related documentation gathered by the Historical Division for 7th Marines mostly during WWII. We also located the Records Relating to United States Marine Corps Operations in World War II, 1939-1949 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that consists of records documenting the principal amphibious assaults and ground combat operations of the Marine Corps during the World War II era, as well as occupation of formerly enemy-controlled areas. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

             

            Next, we located the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries, 1/1941 - 12/1980 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that may include records related to the 7th Marine Regiment for World War II. Some of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact RDT2.

             

            If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Fred E. Raether’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs 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. 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 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.

             

            Finally, as Mr. Schneider has noted, you may wish to contact the Marine Corps University for further assistance. Their website provides information about Marine Corps History Division Inquiries as well as A Brief History of the 7th Marines.

             

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

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