2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 7, 2020 11:06 AM by Roy Martin

    Seeking military service record & photo of Linwood Holman

    Roy Martin Newbie

      Can I find the service record of my Great Uncle, Linwood Allen Holman, who served in the Hq. Company, 317th Regiment, 80th (Blue Ridge) Division in the Meuse Argonne offensive in 1918 (Army Serial Number 1,849,539)?

        • Re: Seeking military service record & photo of Linwood Holman
          Jason Atkinson Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Martin,

           

          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 individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. 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. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know you may omit it or provide estimates, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. You may also attach a memo or letter with additional information such as his unit name, which can help if NPRC staff need to consult auxiliary files.  For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

          Photographs of various US Army units and activities during World War I are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS). Please email RDSS at stillpix@nara.gov to request a search for photographs of specific units.

           

          Please note that OMPFs typically do not contain photographs of soldiers, nor did the Army photograph every soldier or every unit.

           

          Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 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 more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.  World War I rosters have been digitized and are available on FamilySearch at United States, World War I, military muster rolls and rosters, 1916-1939. These can be accessed with a free account.

           

          You also may be interested in his unit records. While unit records generally do not include detailed information about each soldier, they can be useful for understanding the activities of the unit as a whole. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes the 80th Division and files of the 317th Infantry Regiment in Entry P 1241-80, Boxes 12-13. We also located Records of Infantry Brigade, 1917 - 1919 in Record Group 120 that includes records of the 159th Infantry Brigade to which the 317th was assigned, as well as Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1916-1921 in Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that includes records of the 317th Infantry Regiment.

           

          Next, we located Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917 - 1938 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that includes the following listing:

           

          Name:

          Linwood R Holman

          Departure Date:

          26 May 1918

          Departure Place:

          Norfolk VA

          Address:

          218 East 39th Street

          Residence Place:

          Norfolk, Virginia

          Mother:

          Emma Holman

          Ship:

          Mongolia

          Rank:

          Private

          Service Number:

          1849539

          Notes:

          Headquarters Company, 317th  Regt, 80 Div

           

          We also located Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917 - 1938 in Record Group 92, which includes the following listing:

           

          Name:

          Linwood A. Holman

          Departure Date:

          20 May 1919

          Departure Place:

          Brest, France

          Arrival Date:

          1919

          Address:

          218 East 39th Street

          Residence Place:

          Norfolk, Virginia

          Mother:

          Emma Holman

          Ship:

          NANSEMOND

          Military Unit:

          HQRS. CO 317TH INF

          Rank:

          Private

          Service Number:

          1849539

          Notes:

          HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 317TH INFANTRY

          For more information about the division, brigade and unit records, as well as the passenger lists, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Next, we located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that includes a draft card for him that we are attaching to the end of our reply.

           

          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 RDSS, RL-SL and RDT2. Also, the NPRC is currently only servicing emergency requests associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans, VA Home loan guarantees, and employment opportunities. If this is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. We apologize for any inconvenience.

           

          These passenger lists are also available through Ancestry.com as the data collection U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. Accessing them through their website may require a paid subscription. Some libraries provide free access to their patrons.

           

          In addition, we searched online and located the following resources regarding the 317th Infantry Regiment and/or the 80th Division:

           

          Finally, the National World War 1 Museum, the National Museum of the US Army, and the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center may have holdings of interest.

           

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



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