1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 17, 2019 7:16 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking military records of William F. Jenike


      Looking for military history of my grandfather, William F. Jenike, especially dates served, rank, authority, and responsibilities will at Los Alamos, NM  and Manhattan Project Veteran, Military Veteran, Special Engineer Detachment.Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking military records of William F. Jenike
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Jenike,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched the  Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File and located the following index record for William Jenike which we have transcribed in part below.

          Full Name: William Jenike

          Gender: Male

          Social Security Number: ***-**-****

          Birth Date: 5 Oct 1901

          Death Date: 10 Apr 1976

          Cause Of Death: Unknown

          Organization Code: ARMY

          Organization: Army

          Branch: Army

          Enlistment Date: 7 Jan 1943

          Release Date: 4 Mar 1956

          Conflict Period: World War II

          Conflict Period: Other Service

          Served For: United States of America

          We also searched online and located the following an article in the Albuquerque Tribune dated April 7, 1956 which may be about to your grandfather and his family. We have transcribed the relevant portions of the article below:

          “Maj. and Mrs. W. F. Jenike, formerly of Sandia Base, have left Albuquerque to make their home in Los Alamos. With their departure, Mrs. Jenike resigned as president of the Sandia Base Woman’s Club.... Maj. Jenike, a reserve officer, has concluded his Army service and resumed work in Los Alamos. The Jenikes’ son Joe, a premedical student, at the University, will receive his diploma in June.  Their other son and his wife, Lt. and Mrs. W.F. Jenike, live at Sandia Base.”


          More information about your grandfather’s military service may be obtained by requesting his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 and prior to 1957 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. For information about accessing these records see our web page Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          After completing his military service, William F. Jenkie worked for Los Alamos as a civilian employee. The U.S. Department of Energy’s OpenNet Database contains a number of documents with his name on them such as this memorandum dated April 16, 1957 addressed to William F. Jenike, Chief, Supply and Contracts Branch, LAAO, AEC, Department of Supply and Property, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. We also located a reference to a November 28, 1967 memorandum from W. F. Jenike in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Permit Modification Request [pdf page 52]  however the text of the original memorandum is not included.

          The National Personnel Records Center's (NPRC) Federal Records Center Program maintains the Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civilian employees. Access to the OPFs of employees whose employment ended after 1951 is restricted under the Privacy Act of 1974 (P. L. 93-579). If the subject of the file is deceased, copies of some documents and some information about the deceased may be releasable. Proof of death is not required if the subject of record was born more than 100 years ago. Written requests may be mailed or faxed to National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. The fax number is 618-935-3014. Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of employing Federal agency, and beginning and ending dates of Federal service (if known). For more information, see our web page Official Personnel Folders (OPF),Federal (non-archival) Holdings and Access.


          Some organizational records are available relating to the Manhattan Engineering District in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers (Record Group 77). Records related to Los Alamos and Sandia Base may be found in the Records of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (Record Group 374) and the Records of the Atomic Energy Commission (Record Group 326). For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. Be aware that many of the records related to these organizations may still be classified and some also may still be in the custody of the Department of Energy and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

          The Department of Energy has made available online additional Manhattan Project Historical Resources which may be of interest. Their Office of History and Heritage Resources has also created The Manhattan Project: An Interactive History. Unfortunately, their list of people is not yet online. You may want to contact them via email at OHHR@hq.doe.gov.


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


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