3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 17, 2020 8:39 AM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking records of Donald Powers during WWI


      My grandfather was stationed at Naval Air Stations (NASs) Brest, Pauillac & Moutchic in France from December 1917 to April 1919 where he received aerial bombing & gunnery training.  I am looking for additional information on his exact duties.  His name was Donald Charles Powers.

        • Re: Seeking records of Donald Powers during WWI

          Dear Ms. Forbes-Robinson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and prior to 1958 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.  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 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.


          In addition, the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) website has several pages with information on NAS Brest, NAS Pauillac, and NAS Moutchic. Also, NHHC lists a few resources concerning the overall history of naval aviation in WWI that you may find useful.


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