1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 8, 2020 2:45 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking service records of Clarence Atkinssion

    Neal Salmen Newbie

      Hello, I am trying to find a citation for a close family friend, Clarence M. Atkission. We used to have the original document along with the Silver Star medal but it burned in the California wildfires.  Also would love to access any other information about the battle and or service records of Mr. Atkission.  Thank you!!!

       

      Clarence M. Atkission

      Silver Star AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING World War II

      Service: Army

      Division: 45th Infantry Division

      GENERAL ORDERS: Headquarters, 45th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (1943)

      CITATION: (UNCONFIRMED - Citation Needed): Clarence M. Atkission, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 45th Infantry Division during World War II.

        • Re: Seeking service records of Clarence Atkinssion
          Cara Jensen Scout

          Dear Mr. Salmen,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). 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 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 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 also may 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.

           

          Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, 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 searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes 15 file units of the 45th Infantry Division for WWII. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that may include general orders of the 45th ID for 1943. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

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