2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 17, 2021 7:32 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking military records of Roscoe York for WWI & WWII

    Karen Frank Newbie

      My grandfather, Roscoe A. York was born in 1893, and died in 1956. I have his registration cards from both WWI and WWII. He was a PFC in Co. E, 4th Engineers. I would like to know more about this unit also. He didn't go overseas, but I would like to know where he was stationed & what he did. Enlisted in 1917, discharged 1918. WWII he registered in the "Old Man's Draft". Nothing on his death certificate or headstone mentions WWII service, but my mother has told me he was in the Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian (How do I find out more about that?), stationed in Alaska. He never told the family which island he was on. Mother remembers his letters being largely blacked out as so much at that time was classified.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Roscoe York for WWI & WWII
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Karen,

           

          Here is some information. He enlisted RA also known as Regular Army Looks like he received some sort of disability rating of 25 SCD

           

           

           

           

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          • Re: Seeking military records of Roscoe York for WWI & WWII
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Frank,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            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.

             

            In regards to his civilian service during World War II, we suggest that you request a copy of his  Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity before 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service.  If there is any information requested 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, please check the Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access website.

             

            Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of RL-SL. For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records of Engineer Regiments, 1919 - 1939 and the Records of Engineer Regiments and Battalions, 1912 -1921 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that include the records of the 4th Engineers during WWI.  We also located a series titled Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes the 4th Division and files of the 4th Engineers in Entry P 1241-4, boxes 52-54. 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.

             

            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 RL-SL and RDT2. Also, 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.

             

            The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, has a large collection of published unit histories. Plus, the U.S. Army Engineer Museum has many unit histories and other materials relating to engineer units in their custody. Lineage And Honors Information for the 4th Engineer Battalion is available on the website of the Center of Military History.

             

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