1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 24, 2020 2:45 PM by Joshua Schroeder

    Seeking Merchant Marine records of Adolph Oko

    Renato Barahona Newbie

      I am seeking Merchant Marine Records of Adolph S. Oko Jr. He was a Chief Mate in the Merchant Marine, ID No. Z192633, during WWII. A record furnished by Oko reflects that he was registered with Local Draft Board (LDB) 100 of San Francisco. The questionnaire submitted OKO reveals date, place of birth, address, education and supposed date of marriage (Salinas, CA, August 18, 1933). All information comes from FBI File 100-HQ-21092, Section 1. I am particularly interested in the questionnaire submitted by OKO. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

        • Re: Seeking Merchant Marine records of Adolph Oko
          Joshua Schroeder Wayfarer

          Dear Mr. Barahona,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The Merchant Marine Personnel and Licensing Records dated prior to 1968 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.govInclude the name, date of birth, dates of service, "Z" number, and date of death, if known, in your request.


          Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and were born before 1960 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757. There are two types of records: cards and classification histories.  The individual Draft Registration Card (SSS Form 1) may contain information such as: name, Selective Service registration number, age, date and place of birth, ethnicity, place of residence at time of registration and basic physical description. The Classification History (SSS Form 102) may contain: name; date of birth; classification and date of mailing notice; date of appeal to the board; date and results of armed forces physical examination; entry into active duty or civilian work in lieu of induction (may include date, branch of service entered and mode of entry, such as enlisted or ordered); date of separation from active duty or civilian work; and general remarks. Please complete a Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records.


          For men who registered for the draft prior to 1976, all other individual draftee files besides the cards and classification histories were destroyed by the Selective Service System in 1978, in accordance with approved records retention schedules. Physical examination and test results, medical letters, laboratory work, and other medical documentation that may have been included in these files no longer exist.


          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. Best of luck with your research!