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Dear Ms. Keshishian,
The location of any files about Arthur Hardoncourt depends on his branch of service, whether he was an officer or enlisted, and when he separated from service.
The following service records are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1):
Military service performed by persons serving during an emergency and whose service was considered to be in the Federal interest, 1775 - 1902
Enlisted personnel, 1789 - October 31, 1912
Officers, 1789 - June 30, 1917
Enlisted personnel, 1798 - 1885
Officers, 1798 - 1902
Enlisted personnel, 1798 - 1904
Some officers, 1798 - 1895
Persons who served in predecessor agencies to the U.S. Coast Guard: the Revenue Cutter Service (Revenue Marine), the Life-Saving Service, and the Lighthouse Service, 1791 - 1919
To order copies of these records, please fill out a NATF Form 86 and mail it to Archival Operations Washington D.C., Form 86 – Military, National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001. Or you may place your order online using eservices.archives.gov. For more information, please see Requesting Copies of Older (pre-WWI) Military Service Records or email RDT1 at email@example.com for questions about these records.
Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for service members who separated after the above listed dates 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. 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. There is no option to order these records online.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that includes a draft registration card for Arthur Hardoncourt, born 20 January 1878, living in Queens, New York., that lists his occupation as “Consulting Eng”. These records are in the custody of the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) For access to these records, please contact RE-AT via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The card can also be viewed online through Fold3 at https://www.fold3.com/image/568826865. There may be a fee for this service, or you may access Fold3 for free at any National Archives location. Some libraries also provide free access to Fold3 to their patrons.
Selective Service records for World War II are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757. We located a draft card for Arthur Hardoncourt, born 20 January 1878, living in Queen, New York. His employer is listed as the War Department. This card was filled out in 1942 as part of the Fourth Registration. The Fourth Registration was often called the "Old Man's Draft," because it registered men who were 45 to 64 years old at the time. Please complete Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records. This card can also be viewed on Fold3 at https://www.fold3.com/image/273854854.
Please keep in mind that not all those who registered for the draft were inducted into the service. For the World War II Fourth Registration in particular, it was not intended that these men be drafted into military service but to determine if their labor skills could be used in the war effort.
Official Personnel Files (OPFs) and medical information for individuals who worked for the War Department in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138. Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!