1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 10, 2021 10:31 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of 3rd Infantry Regiment at Nogales, Arizona

    Michael Brooks Newbie

      Seeking Confirmation of 3rd Infantry Regiment at Nogales, Arizona in August 1918 (Battle of Ambos Nogales)?  My great-grandfather enlisted at the outbreak of World War One, served on the Mexican Border with the 3rd Infantry Regiment throughout the war and, according to page 2 of his discharge paper that I have in my possession, was a "participant in skirmish with hostile Mexicans at Nogales, Ariz." in August 1918.  He was honorably discharged as a First Sergeant of Company I, 3rd Infantry Regiment, at Camp Eagle Pass, TX on July 24, 1919.  Issue:  I have found no other documentation of his military service that would explain how he was in Nogales, Arizona during the time of that skirmish.  I can only find record of the 10th Cavalry and 35th Infantry being there in August 1918. Questions: Is there any record indicating that members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment were assigned to the Nogales, Arizona area during the summer of 1918?  Was he attached to the 35th Infantry, for example?  Thank you for reviewing this and for taking these questions.

        • Re: Seeking records of 3rd Infantry Regiment at Nogales, Arizona
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Brooks,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where 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. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it 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.


          Also, if he was attached or assigned to the 35th Infantry Regiment in August 1918, this may be documented in the unit rosters and morning reports for 35th Infantry Regiment. Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and morning reports from November 1, 1912 to 1959 for Army units are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          Additionally, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located Monthly Returns, 1822 - 1919 for the 3rd Infantry Regiment in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391). For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          Next, we located the series Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1916-1921 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that include the records of the 3rd and 35th Infantry Regiments during WWI. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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