Dear Mr. Warren,
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We searched the World War II Army Enlistment Records available on the National Archives Catalog through Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the record for Harlyn S. Vidovich, service number 18044446, born 1918, who joined the Air Corps 10 November 1941 as an Aviation Cadet.
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 and prior to 1958 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
U.S. Air Force Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) from 1940-1973 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RL-SL, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Please contact RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to these records.
Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and were born before 1960 are in the custody of the RL-SL. We located a draft registration card that may be a match: Harlyn Stanley Vidovich, born 2 July 1918 in Carson City, Nevada, USA, and registering 16 October 1940 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA. Please complete Form NA-13172 to request a copy of these records. For more information, see Selective Service Records. His draft registration card (SSS Form 1) has been digitized and can be viewed online via Ancestry in the data collection U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. The classification history (SSS Form 102) is only available through RL-SL.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs), 1942 - 1947 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92). Missing Air Crew Report number 4797, Images 7 and 8 cover the loss of Captain Harlyn S. Vidovich. We also located Applications for Headstones, 1/1/1925 - 6/30/1970 in Record Group 92 which includes the application for the gravemarker of Captain Harlyn S. Vidovich of the 23rd Fighter Group in the file 1941-1949: Van Meter, Daniel L - Vincent, Lee A on Image 3159. Both of these documents have been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL. Also, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764. We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Archives has partnered with Ancestry to make the vast majority of their NARA-digitized holdings freely available to the public. Anyone with Internet access can create an account and access NARA records and use other Ancestry resources, such as their educational offerings and family tree-maker application. For more information see their announcement at https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2020/03/24/free-at-home-education-resources-from-ancestry-and-access-to-nearly-500m-national-archives-records/
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!