2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 8, 2021 1:49 PM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking military records of grandfather for WWI & WWII

    David Utterback Newbie

      My grandfather was born in 1899 and he served in France in World War I and served with the Seabees in World War II. How would I go about finding information on his service? Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking military records of grandfather for WWI & WWII
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Utterback,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your grandfather’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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. 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!

          • Re: Seeking military records of grandfather for WWI & WWII
            Elliot Schneider Guide

            David,

             

            Do you have any additional information such as a name, DOB, and place or state he lived or enlisted in.