2 Replies Latest reply on May 7, 2020 5:04 PM by Alice Lane

    Looking for photograph of Harold Sterling


      I am looking for a photograph of my Grandfather and his unit. He was in the 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in Korea. His name was Harold W. Sterling. He died on July 25th 1950 in the line of duty. He was awarded the Purple Heart. I believe he was my Grandfather. My mother was adopted. Her biological mother gave her and my mom's brother up for adoption.This was her biological father’s name. I do not believe the two were married at the time of his death. Thanks


        • Re: Looking for photograph of Harold Sterling
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Shaw,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in the individual's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present. 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 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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. You can also fax the form to 314-801-9195. Veterans and their next of kin can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          Also, photographs of various U.S. Army activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov and their web site is https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/photographs-dc.html.


          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 RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience. 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 addition, you may be interested in receiving a copy of his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z,  please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405.

          We searched online and located the book The First Cavalry Division in Korea which is available digitally on HaithiTrust. There may be additional books and websites which cover the history of the 1st Cavalry in the Korean War.


          Lastly, you may wish to contact the 1st Cavalry Division Museum, the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, and The Army Historical Foundation.


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

          • Re: Looking for photograph of Harold Sterling
            Alice Lane Pioneer

            Hi Rebecca, Found a Sterling family Pedigree Chart>https://www.familysearch.org/service/tree/tree-data/pdf/pedigree-chart/L1QH-597/spouse/DEFAULT?locale=en

            You may already have this but here goes anyway. I found your great-grandmother on find a grave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9492718 under her second marriage name Guiles. your birth grand father was Airo William Sterling born 1903.they were married in 1925

            grand mother maiden name was Faith Daisy Scriven 1903-1993. There are photos of

            There are photos of Daisy's parents and one of her brothers.

            You might be able to get a photo from extended family members. At the bottom of the page is the name Sue Scriven Sheppard. You can contact her through the find a grave web page.

            Also there are many photos of the 5th Cavalry Regiment but un fortunately almost none attached names of who is in them.

            If you already have this info, no problem, I enjoy doing this,

            Take care

            Good luck in your search