2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2021 11:08 AM by Marcus Bacher

    Seeking Red Cross records about William Knowlton

    Chris Sullivan Newbie

      My grandfather travelled across the US in 1944 and ended up working for the Red Cross in Okinawa until the war ended..  He returned in 1945.  He met various people along the way, and wrote 128 letters home.  I would like to find any records of him.  His name was William Henry Knowlton.

        • Re: Seeking Red Cross records about William Knowlton
          Chris Sullivan Newbie

          Chris Sullivan  wrote:

           

          My grandfather travelled across the US in 1944 and ended up working for the Red Cross in Okinawa until the war ended..  He returned in 1945.  He met various people along the way, and wrote 128 letters home.  I would like to find any records of him.  His name was William Henry Knowlton.

          His son was named Henry Kaye Knowlton, after his mother, Kaye for Katherine, but he mainly referred to himself as Henry Knowlton.

          • Re: Seeking Red Cross records about William Knowlton
            Marcus Bacher Adventurer

            Dear Mr. Sullivan,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            The American Red Cross personnel records are in the custody of the American Red Cross Historical Programs and Collections. Please email them at redcrosshistory@redcross.org to inquire about their holdings. When you contact them, please provide the full name of the person you are researching and any details you have about his service. Please note that personnel records are in off-site storage, and that the Red Cross’ response may be delayed by the COVID-19 public health crises.

             

            Even though the American National Red Cross (ANRC) is not a federal agency, the National Archives (NARA) has accepted donations of some of the records from the ANRC and are maintained in the Collection titled Records of the American National Red Cross, 1881 - 2008. 

             

            Though the ANRC records in NARA custody do not contain personnel files, there may be relevant documentation pertaining to your relative’s service. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Rosters of World War II Overseas Personnel, 1948 - 1948 in the ANRC Collection that may list your grandfather. We also located the series Supplement to the Central Decimal Files, 1925 - 1986 in the ANRC Collection that includes the

            file unit [Unknown Decimal] Southwest Pacific Publication (Okinawa) pertaining to Red Cross activities in Okinawa. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

             

            The Library of Congress also has custody of some records for the American Red Cross activities during World War II; from the archives of the American Red Cross that may contain photographs and related documents.

             

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