1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 16, 2021 9:54 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking training files for Marines back in 1942

    Christine Skaggs Newbie

      I am looking for information on my grandfather who was in the Marines back in 1942.  Is there a "graduation" date, platoon and company while in training listed?  Or did they not have these types of things back then?  I do have some of his documents that show his service date, but not sure if this is all that there is.  If they didn't have platoons and companies back then, how did they keep them in their groups and tell which group is which?

        • Re: Seeking training files for Marines back in 1942
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Skaggs,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Marines in the 1940s did use platoons and companies as a basis for small unit organization. If the information you seek was retained, it would most likely be in his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who were separated from service after 1904 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. 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. 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!