1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 8, 2020 11:26 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records of father while stationed in Brazil

    Elisabeth Hall Newbie

      My father was a Civil Engineer. During WWII he was stationed in Brazil designing glider ports. How can I learn more about his service? How can I locate his records? Thanks in advance.

        • Re: Seeking records of father while stationed in Brazil
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Hall,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          If he was a civil engineer and served in either the Army or the Navy, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Air Force 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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.

           

          If he was a civilian employee of the U.S. federal government, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138. Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel.

           

          If he was an employee of a government contractor, then his personnel records would be with that company and not with the federal government.

           

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

           

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