1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 9, 2021 1:56 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking World War II hospital admission card files & explanations

    Marie Williams Newbie

      What are the code definitions for the "U.S. WW2 Hospital Admission Card Index"?  The one I'm looking at says for under one month of service that the soldier was "Injured in Line of Duty:  Not in Line of Duty, existed prior to entry into service" and "Discharge Type:  Withheld by NARA" and "Description:  494094."  Any assistance on what that description code is and why was the discharge withheld by NARA?  Is it a mental health issue perhaps?  Also, how do I actually view the actual document?  I need step by step, please!!  This is what is listed on Ancestry as the source info:  Hospital Admission Card Files, ca. 1970 - ca. 1970. NAI: 570973. Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army), 1775 - 1994. Record Group 112. The National Archives at College Park, MD. USA

        • Re: Seeking World War II hospital admission card files & explanations
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Williams,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The record series  Hospital Admission Card Files, ca. 1970 - ca. 1970, documenting 1942 - 1954 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112) is partially restricted under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Exemption 6.  Exemption 6 permits the government to withhold all information about individuals in "personnel and medical files and similar files" when the disclosure of such information "would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."


          To request access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) via email at cer@nara.gov. If necessary, RDE can advise you on the procedures for requesting a review of this specific record under the provisions of FOIA. Also, RDE has documentation concerning these records that may include information about the various codes used in the database.


          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 RDE. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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