2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 30, 2020 11:25 AM by Thomas Richardson Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Seeking military service records of Earl Robbins

    Luke Sowieralski Newbie

      My great grandfather, Earl Albert Robbins, had a draft card in WWI. How would I know if he went through processing? His order number was 1867  and he was from Hancock County, Iowa. He was born on Jan 6, 1882. This is his information on the draft card.

        • Re: Seeking military service records of Earl Robbins
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer



          He has a WW1 and WW2 Draft Card please see below. The other one was considered the "The Old Mans Draft" Also follow the link where he's buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144257815/earl-a.-robbins . It looks like he may have singed up for the draft but he may have never went overseas it was only one month prior before the end of WW1.





          Hope this helps,


          Elliot Schneider

          • Re: Seeking military service records of Earl Robbins
            Thomas Richardson Tracker

            Dear Mr. Sowieralski,


            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 those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that may include a card for your relative. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) via email at atlanta.archives@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 RE-AT. 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.


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

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