1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 17, 2021 9:36 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking Navy Reserve record for William Stanley Barton

    Steve Barton Newbie

      Hey all! My grandfather, William Stanley Barton, served in the USNR starting in 1945. He trained at Bainbridge Naval Training Center in MD and I successfully found his name on some of their muster rolls from April to August of 45. While I’ve been unable to track him down since Bainbridge, I do know that he flew with the Naval Air Transport Service under LCDR J.F. David on a Douglas Skymaster R5D in early January of 1946 based on a photo I have of him and his flight crew. Some of his destinations included Samar Island, Manus Island, and at some point in early 46 was over Nagasaki Japan to see the aftermath. At some point after this, we believe he also was assigned to a LST ship in the pacific or somewhere back in the states but I am just unsure where or how to begin that kind of search. His service number was 759-21-37.


      Additional note: the R5D Skymaster he flew on was number 50861 and flew out of Hickam Naval base heading to the pacific destinations. Squadron VR-11 I believe!

        • Re: Seeking Navy Reserve record for William Stanley Barton
          Lisha Penn Ranger

          Dear Mr. Barton,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 19 series in the Records of Naval Operating Forces (Record Group 313) that include information about the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS). 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.


          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of the U.S. Navy reservists who served during WWII are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. 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.


          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.  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.


          You may wish to review The Birth of the Naval Air Transport Service website for additional information.


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