1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 18, 2020 2:28 PM by Sylvia Naylor

    Seeking records of 305th Labor Battalion & 305th Quartermaster Battalion

    Jimmy L Cofield Newbie

      This unit information is listed on my grandfather's gravestone. The inscription reads " South Carolina Pvt. Company A, 305 Labor Bn QM World War I." I found my grandfather's World War I draft card in the U. S. Census Record 1920. He served 2 years during the war. Now I'm looking for his Army active duty boot camp picture and unit assigned "D" Company, 305th Quartermaster Battalion.Any help is greatly appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking records of 305th Labor Battalion & 305th Quartermaster Battalion
          Sylvia Naylor Adventurer

          Dear Mr. Cofield,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled “Records of Labor Service Battalions, 1918-1919” in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that may include the units you seek. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Although there may be group photographs intermingled with textual records of the units, they are not considered permanent records unless the photographs were taken by the Army Signal Corps or other official military photographers usually for publicity. Photographs considered permanent records are part of the photograph collections in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.

           

          Sometimes, the instructors of a training facility paid for a civilian photographer to come to the base to take pictures. These photographs sometimes are filed in the records of the unit but oftentimes they are just distributed to the individual members with no permanent copy kept.

           

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

           

          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. However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.

           

          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 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 also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. Veterans and their next of kin also may 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. Once operations resume requests will be filled in the order in which they were received.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.

           

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