1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 2, 2021 10:09 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records for Infantry and Field Artillery units

    Tom Boyer Adventurer

      I recently found Volume 2, Number 1, September 1995 issue of "The Record" which discussed finding company and regimental level records including unit history, a diary and other materials for Company H, 347th Infantry during World War I. The article mentioned Mr. Mitch Yockelson as the WWI expert archivist and the he located the records in RG 391, Records of the US Army Commands. I had ancestors in Company D, 347th Infantry and would like to find whatever documents and photos might be available for that unit during its deployment time to France in 1918 and 1919.

       

      I also had ancestors in Battery E, 13th Field Artillery; Battery F, 123rd Field Artillery; and Company A, 60th Engineers (redesignated as the 103rd Transportation Corps) and would like to find whatever documents and photos might be available for these units during their deployment time to France in 1918 and 1919.  I had asked for this information before but had not known about RG 391.

        • Re: Seeking records for Infantry and Field Artillery units
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Boyer,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          Regimental and company records of the 347th Infantry Regiment are in the record 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). Although the title of the record series implies that it does not include records of the 347th, we located records of that regiment in boxes 3846-3873. These records have not been digitized and are not available online.

           

          The 347th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 174th Infantry Brigade, 87th Division. Records of the 174th Infantry Brigade are in the Records of Infantry Brigade, 1917 - 1919 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120). These records have not been digitized and are not available online.

           

          Records of the 13th Field Artillery Regiment and the 123rd Field Artillery Regiment and their batteries are in the Records of Field Artillery Regiments Numbers 1 through 351, 1912 - 1930 in Record Group 391.  These records have not been digitized and are not available online.

           

          The 13th Field Artillery Regiment was assigned to the 4th Field Artillery Brigade, 4th Division. The 123rd Field Artillery Regiment was assigned to the 58th Field Artillery Brigade, 33rd Division. Records relating to these brigades are in Records of Field Artillery Brigades, 1917 - 1919 in Record Group 120. These records have not been digitized and are not available online.

           

          Division level records as well as additional records for the regiments assigned to the divisions are in the record series Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in Record Group 120. These records have not been digitized and are not available online.

           

          The article also mentions the World War I Strength Returns, ca. 1917 - 1939 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407). These records have not been digitized and are not available online.

           

          The article also mentions embarkation records. These are the Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917 - 1938 and Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917 - 1938 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92). These records have not been digitized by the National Archives (NARA). These records were digitized by Ancestry as part of a partnership between Ancestry and the National Archives.  While the National Archives will eventually get copies of the digitized records to make available for free in the National Archives Catalog, at present the copies on Ancestry as well as their subsidiary Fold3 are the only copies available online. Some libraries provide free access to these websites to their patrons.

           

          Our reply to your previous inquiry Seeking records of the 103rd Company, Transportation Corps lists records related to that unit.

           

          The records listed above are all located at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov. Their response may be delayed by the continued impact of COVID-19. The textual research room at the National Archives in College Park, MD, is open on a limited basis. Research visits are by appointment only and require a virtual consultation prior to the onsite visit. Researchers should monitor the web page archives.gov/college-park for details and updates, as the situation can change quickly.

           

          Photographs of various U.S. Army activities and subjects during WWI are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov to request a search for pictures of specific units. Their response may be delayed by the continued impact of COVID-19. The Still Pictures research room at College Park, MD is open on a limited basis. Research visits are by appointment only and require a virtual consultation prior to the onsite visit. Researchers should monitor the web page archives.gov/research/still-pictures for details and updates, as the situation can change quickly.


          The article also addresses two sets of records that are at the National Archives at St. Louis.

           

          The Muster Rolls and Rosters, 11/1/1912 - 12/31/1943 in the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (Record Group 64) includes rosters for the 347th Infantry Regiment

          and the 103rd Company, Transportation Corps (abbreviated as “103RD CO TRANS CORPS”) that have been digitized and are available online via the Catalog. The World War I rosters also are available on FamilySearch with a free account. We located some unit rosters on FamilySearch that are not yet available through the Catalog, including the 13th Field Artillery Regiment and the 123rd Field Artillery Regiment.

           

          In addition, the National Archives at St. Louis has Morning Reports, ca. 1912 - 1946 in Record Group 64. These records have not been digitized and are not available not online.  For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact  the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.archives@nara.gov. Their response may be delayed by the continued impact of COVID-19.

           

          The research room at the National Archives at St. Louis remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once public health conditions improve and they are able to reopen the research room, they will update the website archives.gov/st-louis with additional information.

           

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