2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 8, 2018 11:59 AM by Jane Awbrey

    Locating Unit information for Indianhead soldier WWII

    Jane Awbrey Newbie

      I am trying to get more information on a soldier who served from. 1943-1945.  We have patches that indicate he was in the Second Division - Indianhead.  It does not appear as if all his service was in that Division however.

       

      i understand we can use morning reports to trace his service if we can find out what unit he was in, but I haven’t been able to find any helpful information online.

       

      Are there master lists of personnel at the record center?  Is there a relatively easy way to access the information about his Unit assignment?

       

      Any suggestions would be appreciated.

        • Re: Locating Unit information for Indianhead soldier WWII
          Rebecca Collier Tracker

          Dear Ms. Awbrey or Ms. Smith,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          To determine what units a soldier was assigned to, please 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 prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center 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. Complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. 

          The master lists of personnel for Army and Army Air Corps unit are called rosters. Copies of most of the monthly rosters from 1912-43 and 1947-59 for Army units (including Army Air Corps) are also in the custody of the National Archives in St. Louis, MO. Please contact them for access to these records. Unfortunately, rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-46 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.

          In addition, morning reports for Army units (from November 1, 1912 to 1959) are in the custody of the National Archives in St. Louis, MO. Please contact them for access to these records. The address is the National Archives in St. Louis, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002 and the email address is stl.archives@nara.gov.

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

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            • Re: Locating Unit information for Indianhead soldier WWII
              Jane Awbrey Newbie

              Thank you so much for your response.  The records for this soldier were destroyed in the fire and his service was during the time the rosters were destroyed. 

               

              i understand that accessing the morning reports is an option, if I can locate the Unit, so that is what I am struggling to find now.  I may be able to make a trip to St. Louis to do further research, but without a definite roadmap to discover the Unit, it feels a bit like a needle in a haystack.

               

              Jane