1 Reply Latest reply on May 27, 2020 10:17 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking military records of Carl Richardson

    Carleta Currie Newbie

      My Dad (Carl E. Richardson from Arkansas) served in the Korean War in an infantry regiment (I believe it was the 179th, but would not swear to it) and earned the following medals -- Korea Campaign Battle Ribbon with three Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Korean Service Medal.  How do I find his military records?  He left the army in 1962 when it was time for him to sign up again.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Carl Richardson
          Jason Atkinson Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Currie,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for those who separated from the U.S. Army after 1958 and prior to October 16, 1992 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.

           

          Should you be interested in researching unit records after you have verified his unit assignments, records of Army units during the Korean War era may be located in Command Reports, 1949 - 1954 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) and/or the Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338). Both of these series have unit files available using the Catalog. Once you locate the file unit, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and/or copies of the file units.

           

          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 RDT2. 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.

           

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