1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 25, 2020 10:45 AM by Holly Rivet

    When was WD AGO Form 53-55 last used?


      When was WD AGO Form 53-55 last used? Is it the forerunner to DD-214? My father had a wallet sized blacked out DD-214 from his service during and after the Korean War, that he kept. But this is now lost. My father’s official military record was lost in a fire at NRPC at St Louis in 1973. I have been trying to recapture his information but it’s like a needle in a haystack!

        • Re: When was WD AGO Form 53-55 last used?
          Holly Rivet Tracker

          Dear Mr. Oropeza,


          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!


          All War Department Adjutant General Office (WD AGO) forms were replaced by the DD-214 on January 1, 1950.  Although his record was 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 (NA Form 13-038) 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. 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..


          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.  We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended. 


          We also suggest searching the Morning Reports, U.S. Army (Record Group 338, Records of the U.S. Army Commands) in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). This series covers the years 1912-1943.  These are daily reports created by the Army for routine administrative purposes.  They contain the following information: date, name of reporting unit, parent unit location, arm of service, and a tabular breakdown of the unit’s composition by rank.  An individual will only be reported if they caused a change in the unit’s strength (transfer, sick, AWOL, etc.).  If a person is mentioned, the report will include their name, rank, and service number. When a date and location of discharge is known, a researcher can track a service member by going through this series backward in time.


          Requests must specify the organizational unit and date. A battalion, regiment, or company within the 3rd Infantry would be most helpful.  NARA staff can then use an index to locate the microfilm reel or paper report for the given unit on a particular date.  Upon request, we will provide digitized images on DVD of organizational records, each taken from a roll of microfilm created by the U.S. Army.  The original paper documents no longer exist. The response time for future requests may be twenty or more months, depending upon our available resources and the total volume of requests received. In order to answer your request for Morning Reports, please provide the specific month and year you would like to request for the unit you seek. Please contact RL-SL at stl.archives@nara.gov to request these Reports.


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


          We hope this information is helpful.



          Holly Rivet

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