6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2022 2:00 PM by Chris Eldon

    Seeking where Leslie Morgan was stationed during WWII

    Chris Eldon Wayfarer

      Hello, How can I find where a relative was stationed during WWII? I'm researching Leslie Ross Morgan, 17 Dec 1924 in Central, Pickens, South Carolina, USA. He enlisted in the Air Corps on 17 Jan 1944, Service Number: 34898108 at Fort Bragg, NC and became a Radio Operator. His Discharge Date was 8 Jun 1946. He possibly was with the 82nd unit in England. How/where can I find information to substantiate his whereabouts during his enlistment? He survived the war and died 13 Feb 1990 in a tragic automobile accident in Central, Pickens, South Carolina, USA. Thanks in advance.

        • Re: Seeking where Leslie Morgan was stationed during WWII
          Elliot Schneider Guide

          Chris,

           

          Here is some additional information. He was issued the Air medal

           

           

           

          Name:Leslie R Morgan
          Race:White
          Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
          Rank:Private
          Birth Year:1924
          Nativity State or Country:South Carolina
          Citizenship:Citizen
          Residence:Pickens, South Carolina
          Education:4 years of high school
          Civil Occupation:Farm hands, general farms
          Enlistment Date:17 Jan 1944
          Enlistment Place:Fort Bragg, North Carolina
          Service Number:34898108
          Branch:Air Corps
          Component:Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)
          Source:Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer
          Height:00
          Weight:000

           

           

           

          Name:Leslie R Morgan
          Gender:Male
          Birth Date:17 Dec 1924
          Death Date:13 Feb 1990
          Cause of Death:Other
          Enlistment Branch:ARMY
          Enlistment Date:17 Jan 1944
          Discharge Date:8 Jun 1946
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          • Re: Seeking where Leslie Morgan was stationed during WWII
            Rachael Salyer Ranger

            Dear Mr. Eldon,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of Leslie Morgan’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which should include information about the specific unit(s) he served with. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army Air Corps who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1948 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

             

            We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file related to Morgan, Leslie R. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

             

            Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 for the U.S. Army Air Force/Air Force that, as Mr. Schneider noted, includes an Air Medal card for Morgan, Leslie R. (see image 222). These records are digitized and available using the Catalog.

             

            The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 13 files that pertain to the Air Transport Command, India China Division during 1945. Please read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. Since the reel numbers begin with A, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for more information about them.

             

            We also located the series Historical Records, 1944-1946 in the Records of U.S. Army Forces in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations (Record Group 493) that includes the file India-China Division, Air Transport Command, July 1941 - June 1945 that may contain some useful information. This file has not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for access to these and similar records. 

             

            Plus, we located the series Photographs of Activities, Facilities, and Personnel, ca. 1940 - ca. 1983 in the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that includes 291 images related to Headquarters India-China "Air Transport Command" that may be of interest to you. These images have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.

             

            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.

             

            For Army Air Force general orders for the Air Transport Command, we suggest you contact the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL  36112-6424.

             

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

             

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