4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 20, 2020 4:13 PM by Christy Bonnett

    Seeking military records of John Talbert

    Christy Bonnett Wayfarer

      I would like to order military records for John Talbert, born about 1904 in New York (probably around Portville, NY) and died 4 Oct 1968 in Shasta County, California. His death record lists his mother's maiden name as Pigeon. John was in the Air Force branch of the Army from about 1930 and was discharged in 1947 as a Master Sergeant. I believe that he was stationed in Stockton, California from about 1942-1947. He was married to Esther E (maiden name unknown), who died in Shasta County on 5 Apr 1976. Esther applied for John's military headstone on 5 Oct 1968. Would you please let me know how I may order these records? Thanks

        • Re: Seeking military records of John Talbert
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Bonnett,


          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 which you do not know, you may leave it blank or provide estimates, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Applications for Headstones, 1/1/1925 - 6/30/1970 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that may include an application for John Talbert. For more information, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.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 RL-SL. 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. If this is not an emergency, you still may submit your request now using mail, but it may be a while until NPRC can respond to your request. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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


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          • Re: Seeking military records of John Talbert
            Elliot Schneider Ranger



            Here is a copy of that Headstone Application.


            1940 Census:


            NAME:John Talbert
            ESTIMATED BIRTH YEAR:1905
            RACE:Caucasian (White)
            BIRTHPLACE:New York
            MARITAL STATUS:Single
            RELATION TO HEAD OF HOUSE:Soldier
            HOME IN 1940:Ewa, Honolulu, Hawaii
            MAP OF HOME IN 1940:Ewa,Honolulu,Hawaii
            STREET:26th Bombardment Squadron (M) Barracks
            SHEET NUMBER:1A
            INSTITUTION:Regiment Eleventh (11) Bombardment Group (M)
            OCCUPATION:Staff Sgt
            HIGHEST GRADE COMPLETED:High School, 1st year
            CLASS OF WORKER:Wage or salary worker
            WEEKS WORKED IN 1939:52


            Hope this helps,


            Elliot Schneider

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