2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 19, 2019 9:01 AM by Becca Simons

    how to find out where soldier was on D-Day (orders?)


      I have pictures from around D-Day, taken in England and would like to find out where my father was at that time, have no clue where to start.

        • Re: how to find out where soldier was on D-Day (orders?)
          joan stachnik Tracker

          Hi Martha, you might want to provide more information about your father (eg, name, branch of service, DOB, etc). That might help those on the forum who have access to additional resources. Also, if you have not already done so, you should request his personnel file from the St. Louis archives, if it is available. Hope this is of some help. joan

          • Re: how to find out where soldier was on D-Day (orders?)

            Dear Ms. Plante,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            To determine what unit your father served in, we suggest that you request his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were separated from the service prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. U.S 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.


            We located a pamphlet on Normandy on the U.S. Center of Military History website. The pamphlet provides a description of the invasion and what units landed where.


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