1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 18, 2021 1:32 PM by Marcus Bacher

    Seeking records of 1st Force Reconnaissance Company

    Thaddeus Booth Trudo Newbie

      I am looking for unit records for the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. It was apparently attached to the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during its time in Vietnam. I realize that some of the records are likely to still be classified but at this point I am just wondering if they still exist. I am trying to piece together more information on my uncle’s time in Vietnam and believe this to have been his unit.

        • Re: Seeking records of 1st Force Reconnaissance Company
          Marcus Bacher Adventurer

          Dear Mr. Trudo,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Command Chronologies and Related Documentation, 4/1962 - 6/1987 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that include records for the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company (in Boxes 179-185) with 35 items that have been digitized. These items are digitized and are available using the Catalog. We also located the series Vietnam After-Action Reports, 1965 - 1968 in Record Group 127 that may include more information about the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. Additionally, we located the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries, 1/1941 - 12/1980 in Record Group 127 that may include your uncle. This series is indexed by Index to Muster Rolls, 1949 - 1977 in Record Group 127. Some of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Next, we located the series Vietnam War Era Command Chronologies Files in Record Group 127 that includes 34 file units for the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) at cer@nara.gov.

           

          If you have not already done so, we suggest that you request a copy of his 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 1958 and before May 1994 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NRPC), (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. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.

           

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