1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 9, 2020 8:50 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of 108th Ordnance MM Co


      Hello! My grandfather served in WWII in the Solomon islands and I have recently found a very detailed scrapbook that he created from his time of service and would love to share the photos with other families.  I am seeking any and all information on the 108th Ordnance Medium Maintenance (MM) Company that was in the Solomon islands around 1945.  I am unable to find any information on who served with my grandfather or history on the company.  Any information is appreciated.  Thank-you!

        • Re: Seeking records of 108th Ordnance MM Co
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Lelly,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-46 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities. An alternate listing may be compiled using morning reports. Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the record series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 108th Ordnance Medium Maintenance (MM) Company. Unit records in this series typically do not include a complete list of personnel, but may include the names of some members of the unit in reports or general orders. For more information about 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 RL-SL and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          The National Archives does not have information about the whereabouts of veterans or their family members. We suggest that you contact veteran associations and online forums for veterans and families of veterans.


          If you wish to share the scrapbook with a wider audience, there are a number of web services that allow free or paid subscribers to upload scans of documents so that it can be found and appreciated by others, ranging from social media platforms, to genealogy websites, to websites such as Archives.org (not affiliated with the National Archives).


          You also may wish to donate the scrapbooks or facsimiles thereof to a repository that can preserve them and share them with the researchers and the general public, both now and for years to come. The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project accepts donations of photographs and other materials documenting the military service of veterans. The National Museum of the US Army  and the US Army Ordnance Museum, the National World War II Museum, and the National Museum of the Pacific War may also be interested in the scrapbook.


          Some military museums also collect items documenting the experience of veterans from a specific geographic area, such as the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, New York State Military Museum, the Texas Military Forces Museum, the Military Museum of Texas, the Military Museum of Fort Worth, and others. For an incomplete and unofficial list of military museums, see Wikipedia’s Military and war museums in the United States.  Online searches may indicate additional museums in your area.


          You also may be interested in the National Archives’s guide How to Preserve Family Archives (papers and photographs).


          We hope this information is helpful.