2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 5, 2021 10:51 AM by Duncan H Cooper

    Seeking Signal Corps records about Charles P Cooper, Jr

    Duncan H Cooper Wayfarer

      Charles P. Cooper, Jr. was inducted into the US Army Signal School at Ft Monmouth, NJ. in 1942.  He served in the European Theater from slightly before D-Day till Discharged in 1945.  I am his Son, Duncan H. Cooper and I am looking for more details of the theatre of operation.  He has service bars advising he served in Southern European Theatre and North Africa. I am interested in details about his service time in these two theaters. I have available is war records on microfilm which I can upload.

        • Re: Seeking Signal Corps records about Charles P Cooper, Jr
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Duncan,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 32 series in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that pertain to the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. These records have not been digitized. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Most likely your father was assigned to one of the Signal Corps units. We also located the Unit Histories, 1943-1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) and the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) that each contain records related to various signal units during World War II. Please note that these records generally do not contain detailed information about individuals; rather, they provide an overview of the activities and engagements of the unit as a whole. These records have not been digitized. For more information about these records, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. Please include as much information as possible in your inquiry, such as unit number, full name, and dates and locations of interest.

           

          Next, we located the series Classified Central Decimal Files, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that contains some histories of signal units that may be useful. The series Records of the Signal School, 1918-1952 in Record Group 111 includes records related to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and the series Historian Files, 1908-1962 may contain some relevant information as well. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 at archives2reference@nara.gov for assistance with these and similar records.

           

          In addition, we located 14 moving image files related to Fort Monmouth in the 1940s in various series in Record Group 111 that may interest you. Some of these films have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at mopix@nara.gov

           

          Plus, we located the series Photographs of Activities at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, 1924-1947 and 7 photographic series related to the Signal Corps during the 1940s in Record Group 111 that might be of interest to you. Some of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov. In your inquiry, please include as much information as possible.

           

          If you have not done so already, we also suggest that you request a copy of your father’s 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

          We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes 4 files for individuals named Charles P. Cooper. If you believe that one of these men is your father, you may use the information in that file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

           

          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2, RDSM, and RDSS.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.  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.

           

          Finally, the US Army Center of Military History has some online resources that you may find useful. We suggest that you contact them or the US Army Signal Corps Museum for further assistance.

           

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

           

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