1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 14, 2021 1:28 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking military records of Kenneth Gersch

    Kenneth Gersch Newbie

      Seeking military records of Kenneth Alan Gersch who was a Staff Sgt in the 1st Mobile Communications Group.  How do I locate all temporary duty orders while assigned to the 1st Mobile Communications Group at Clark Air Base in the Philippines?

        • Re: Seeking military records of Kenneth Gersch
          Lisha Penn Ranger

          Dear Mr. Gersch,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities, 1947 - 1984 in the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that includes the item titled 1ST MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP DEPLOYMENT, CLARK AB, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, THAILAND, AND SOUTHEAST ASIA for 1968. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at mopix@nara.gov.


          Unit records in our custody do not include the record of temporary duty (TDY) assignments for individuals.  Under normal Department of the Air Force records management procedures, such documentation would be destroyed after initial administrative use. A copy of these records should have been placed in the individual’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).


          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Air Force after 1958 and before May 1, 1994 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.


          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 RDSM.  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.


          The historical and operational records of the 1st Mobile Communications Group during the Vietnam War have been microfilmed by the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA). For access to the microfilm, please use the Air Force History Index. To search the index, please enter GROUP/0001/MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS in the Advanced Search window and narrow your search by including 1/1/1960 in the Start Date and 1/1/1976 in the End Date before clicking the Search button. The results should be 5 records. Read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, please note the REEL, the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page.


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