1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 25, 2021 12:21 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of deaths at US Army Ranger School

    steven Topp Newbie

      I am looking for Army Records pertaining to two deaths at the US Army Ranger School in 1977. The soldiers died while in the Swamp Phase of Ranger School.

        • Re: Seeking records of deaths at US Army Ranger School
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Topp,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the series "Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Public Use File" in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Record Group 330) that may include a listing for these soldiers.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog but were unable to locate any records of the US Army Ranger School during 1977. School records still may be in the legal custody of the Army.  To inquire about the status of these records, please contact Joyce Luton, Director, Records Management Directorate, 9301 Chapek Road, Building 1458, Fort Belvoir, VA  22060.  The telephone number is (571) 515-0213.  The email address is joyce.luton2.civ@mail.mil.  If the records are in the process of being transferred to NARA custody, please request the accession or transfer numbers and the box numbers.


          The information you seek may be contained in their Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPF).  IDPFs dated after 1976 are in the legal custody of the Army. For the exact location of these files, 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.


          The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) is the repository and release authority for Army safety accident reports prepared in accordance with Department of the Army Pamphlet 385-40, Army Accident Investigation and Reporting, and Army Regulation 385-10, the Army Safety Program. The USACRC Commander has been delegated authority to act as the Initial Denial Authority (IDA) on requests for information from Army safety accident reports. Records will be made available consistent with applicable laws and regulations. FOIA requests to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) may be submitted in writing, by fax, e-mail, or by contacting the USACRC FOIA office in the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, ATTN: CSSC-SS (FOIA), 4905 Ruf Avenue, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5363. The email address is usarmy.rucker.hqda-secarmy.mbx.safe-foia@mail.milPlease clearly mark the mailing envelope, fax, or email “Freedom of Information Act Request.”


          Depending on the circumstances of the death, there may have been a court martial of the responsible parties. U.S. Army general courts-martial records after 1976 are in the custody of the Army. For access to these records, please contact the Office of Clerk of Court, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, ATTN: JALS-CCZ, 9275 Gunston Road, Building 1450, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5546. 


          Finally, you may wish to contact the U.S. Army Freedom of Information Act Office for assistance.


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