3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2022 9:30 PM by Theresa Vennie

    Seeking Military Records of Thomas F McKnight

    Terrence McKnight Newbie

      Seeking the Military Records of Thomas F McKnight who served in the 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division during WWII.  I understand a lot of WWII Army Records were lost in a fire in 1971. I have 0 leads at this pt. in finding my deceased Uncle’s Military history. He survived the War but contact was minimal except for a brief phone call in the mid 1980s.

        • Re: Seeking Military Records of Thomas F McKnight
          Theresa Vennie Scout

          Hello Terrence:

          Would you happen to have a birth or death date for Thomas?

           

          Regards,

          Theresa

          • Re: Seeking Military Records of Thomas F McKnight
            Lisha Penn Ranger

            Dear Mr. McKnight,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes the records of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. We also located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that includes 85 file units for the 82nd Airborne Division during 1940s and the  Decimal Files, 1942 - 1945 of the  XVIII Airborne Corps, Adjutant General Section in Record Group 338 that includes casualty reports of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Box 40. 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 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 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 also contact the U.S. Army Center of Military History for more information about the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

             

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

             

            • Re: Seeking Military Records of Thomas F McKnight
              Theresa Vennie Scout

              Hello Terrence:

               

              Please find information for your uncle below, I hope that it helps with your research.

               

              Regards,

              Theresa

               

              WWII Draft Card

              The information below includes Thomas's Service Number 12043655.

               

               

              WWII Hospital Admission Card

               

              U.S. Social Security Death Index which includes your uncle's SS#. This information along with his Service Number will be needed if you decide to request his Official Military Personnel File.