3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 14, 2022 6:15 PM by Arden Perkins

    Seeking photo of medal presentation at Armed Forces Police San Francisco

    Arden Perkins Newbie

      I received an Army Commendation Medal while stationed on Treasure Island Naval Base while assigned to Armed Forces Police San Francisco in 1974.  All branches of the armed forces were represented in this unit under the command of Army Col. Brackenridge.  Treasure Island Naval Base has long been closed.  The presentation was photographed but unfortunately I lost my copy.  My question is, what happened to unit photos and records after Treasure Island was closed.  Does Armed Forces Police still exist and if so where.

        • Re: Seeking photo of medal presentation at Armed Forces Police San Francisco
          Elliot Schneider Guide

          Arden,

           

          The Military Police Corps still is around as well as many different military police units. Do you remember what unit you were apart that was partaking in this event.

          • Re: Seeking photo of medal presentation at Armed Forces Police San Francisco
            Rachael Salyer Ranger

            Dear Arden Perkins,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Special Events Scrapbook and Photographs, 1967-1981 and the series Photographs, 1947 - ca. 1989 in the Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments (Record Group 181) that both contain records for the Naval Station at Treasure Island, California and may include the photograph you are seeking. We also located the series Station Newspaper "The Masthead," 1943-1994 and the series Command Histories, 1958-1991 for Treasure Island in Record Group 181 that may be useful. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at San Francisco (RW-SB) at sanbruno.archives@nara.gov for access to these records.

             

            Next, we located the series Records Relating to the Armed Forces Police Detachment, 1951-1978 in the Records of Interservice Agencies (Record Group 334) that includes records related to the Naval Station at Treasure Island, California and that may include information or photographs about the medal presentation you are interested in. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for information about these records. 

             

            Additionally, photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov for assistance with these records, and include as much information in your inquiry as possible, such as full name, dates and location of interest, and military branch and unit number.

             

            If you have not done so already, we also suggest that you request a copy of your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which might include a copy of the photograph. OMPFs for those who  separated from the U.S. Armed Forces after 1958 and before October 2002 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Air Force 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. 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 RW-SB, RDT2, 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, we suggest that you contact the Treasure Island Museum and the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) for further assistance.

             

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