1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 11, 2020 10:21 AM by Sylvia Naylor

    Seeking personnel files of WASPs, SPARS & WACs

    Alessandra Ciampi Wayfarer

      How can I find WASP and SPARS personnel files? And of WAC's?

        • Re: Seeking personnel files of WASPs, SPARS & WACs
          Sylvia Naylor Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Ciampi,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          In order to request a copy of the Official Personnel File (OPF) for Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) you might want to contact the National Archives at St. Louis, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138 since the OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in their custody 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.

           

          Copies of Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) may be requested by contacting the NARA’s National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis as the OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 and prior to 1958 are in their custody.  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. 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.

           

          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.gov if you would like to request personnel files for the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS).  Include the name, date of birth, dates of service, "Z" number, and date of death, if known, in your request.

           

          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. Also, the National Personnel Records Center is is currently only servicing emergency requests and will soon expand its service to include time-sensitive requests from veterans for records needed to secure VA home loan guarantees and employment opportunities.

           

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