1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 2, 2020 2:26 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking military record of uncle & 49th Infantry Regiment

    Dan Enzone Newbie

      I have a grand uncle that either joined or was assigned to the 49th Infantry Regiment in WWI.  I would like to know when he joined and how he was assigned. He was seriously wounded and died in a military hospital in Denmark.  I would like to find more information?

        • Re: Seeking military record of uncle & 49th Infantry Regiment
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Enzone,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1/1/1916 - 12/31/1921 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that includes records of the 49th Infantry Regiment during WWI. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          We also located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that may include a card for your relative. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) via email at atlanta.archives@nara.gov.

           

          Some of the information you seek may be contained in his burial case file. Burial case files for 1915 to 1939 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@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, RE-AT and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

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

           

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