3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 23, 2020 12:19 PM by Thomas Richardson

    Seeking records of 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron

    Thornton Pritchett Newbie

      A friend and I are looking for records for his father,  PFC Gene P Burks who was in both the 2nd Rangers and C Troop, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance  Squadron in the ETO during WWII. Is there any source that would have Travel Orders, Morning Reports, or any operational reports where I might find out about his service? Thanks

        • Re: Seeking records of 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Mr. Pritchett,


          Please copy and paste link into your browser.




          Additionally here is an After Action Report (AAR). Please follow link if you go to the last few pages of the report it lists your friends father.






          Here is an news article below.


          Gene Paul Burks (1921-1959) Obituary -




          Here is some information I found. This is in regards to his Distinguished Service Cross (DSC).  Hopefully you can obtain a copy of the original order through NARA, College Park Maryland. They way you will request should be HQ 1st Army GO# 63 1945.


          DURING World War II
          Service: Army
          Battalion: 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron

          Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 63 (1945)


          (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Gene P. Burks, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945. Private First Class Burke's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

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            • Re: Seeking records of 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
              Thornton Pritchett Newbie

              Thank you very much, these are very helpful. Is there any way I can get Morning Reports for the 38th since NARA is closed?

              I have a document that shows PFC Burks in the V Corps group but does not show his job on D-Day. What document should I look for that might show personnel movement and what he might have been assigned?

              His discharge papers show his has General Gerow's body guard and we are trying to verify what he did.

              Thanks again, I really appreciate it.


            • Re: Seeking records of 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
              Thomas Richardson Tracker

              Dear Mr. Pritchett,


              Thank you for posting your request on the 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. 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.


              Morning reports for Army units (from November 1, 1912 to 1959) and Air Force units (from September 1947 to June 30, 1966) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov


              We searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. We were unable to locate specific records of C Troop. Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the squadron.


              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 & RDT2. Also, the NPRC closed again as of November 7, 2020 until further notice. NPRC will respond only to requests involving burials, medical emergencies, and homeless veterans.  If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines or emergency requests may be faxed to (314) 801-0764.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.


              For a brief history of the 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, please click on the following link: http://njcavalryandarmorassociation.org/History%20of%20the%2038th.pdf


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