Dear Mr. Leary,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of the individual’s Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity before 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at email@example.com and include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, please check the Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access website.
Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located 2 series and 13 files in various record groups that relate to the Indiana Ordnance Works in the 1940s. We also located 2 series in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance (Record Group 156) that relate to the Indiana Arsenal. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to and information about these and similar records.
Plus, we located the publication Arsenals of Democracy in the Publications of the U.S. Government (Record Group 287) that includes information about the Indiana Ordnance Works. This file has been digitized and may be viewed online via the Catalog.
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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Finally, information about the Indiana Ordnance Works and the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant is available online from the Charlestown Clark County Public Library and the Indiana Historical Bureau. We suggest that you contact these or similar organizations for additional assistance.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!