2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 26, 2021 8:50 AM by Elliot Schneider

    Looking for military records of Robert Smith & John Massey

    Mary-Rose Denmon Newbie

      I’m looking for military records for my father and grandfather. My father was Robert N. Smith born in 1926 and served in WWII. My grandfather was John  W. Massey who served in WWI (I don’t know his date of birth).

        • Re: Looking for military records of Robert Smith & John Massey
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Denmon,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you request a copy of their Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 for each file you are requesting and mail them 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.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


          • Re: Looking for military records of Robert Smith & John Massey
            Elliot Schneider Ranger



            Is this your father? Smith is a very common last name, do you have any other information besides his year of birth such as a place of birth that may help me to provide you with additional information.




            Name:Robert Northup Smith
            Death Age:70
            Birth Date:31 Dec 1926
            Death Date:15 Feb 1997
            Interment Place:Massachusetts, USA
            Cemetery Address:421 Tinkham Road Springfield, MA 01129
            Cemetery:Gate of Heaven Cemetery
            Notes:Mm3 Us Navy World War Ii