2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 19, 2021 10:23 AM by Lisa Sharik

    Seeking Army records of Francis Malachowski & his unit

    Harry Kurek Newbie

      Francis S. Malachowski was KIA on 7 June 1944 near Utah Beach in Normandy. He was a Sergeant in Company B of the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment attached to the 101st Airborne Division. His Serial Number is 35571795. I am seeking archival records/information about both Sgt. Malachowski and his Company/Glider Infantry Regiment.

        • Re: Seeking Army records of Francis Malachowski & his unit
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Kurek,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          If you have not already done so, 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.

           

          We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes a file pertaining to MALACHOWSKI#FRANCIS#S which may be a match for your father. If this is for the correct person, please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his/her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during WWII. 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 Company B.  Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the regiment.

           

          Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 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

           

          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 also suggest that you request his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405. They are being scanned by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in order to properly identify remains of those still listed as missing.

           

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

           

          • Re: Seeking Army records of Francis Malachowski & his unit
            Lisa Sharik Scout

            There are a number of sites online which speak to the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment including this one with stories from WWII veterans: 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, US Army in the Second World War 1939-1945 - The Wartime Memories Project -

             

            There is also a museum here in Texas dedicated to the Glider program: City of Lubbock - Departments | Silent Wings Museum

             

            Respectfully,

            Lisa Sharik

            Deputy Director

            Texas Military Forces Museum