1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 25, 2021 10:14 AM by Lisha Penn

    Looking for medical records of Raymond Webster Hege

    Karen Starr Newbie

      Hello, I am trying to find the medical records for my great uncle, Raymond Webster Hege. He was killed aboard the USS Bunker Hill on May 11, 1945 during the kamikaze attack. He was the Chief Medical Officer. Can anyone tell me how to locate records for those killed in action?

        • Re: Looking for medical records of Raymond Webster Hege
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Starr,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Navy and Marine Corps Casualty Records , 1940 - 1989 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include a file for Raymond Webster Hege. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          We also located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck logs of the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) for May 1945. In addition, we located World War II Action and Operational Reports in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that may include reports submitted by the USSBunker Hill (CV-17) during May 1945.  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.


          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports of officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service after 1902 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. 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 RL-SL and 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.


          A brief history of the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) is available in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships from the Naval History and Heritage Command.


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