Dear Mr. Larch,
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The "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in the individual's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.
For both your grandfather and father, we suggest that you request copies of their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII and/or Vietnam 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 for each individual and mail them 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.
Photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and their web site is https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/photographs-dc.html.
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. 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.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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Military photos were not permanent to the service members file, however I do know that Navy records are a little different because they had my fathers photo in his Naval Service file. So I'm sure this is very rare for me to have a photo but for the most part again they were not permanent.
Name: Michael S Trani Race: White Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single) Rank: Private Birth Year: 1914 Nativity State or Country: Pennsylvania Citizenship: Citizen Education: 2 years of high school Civil Occupation: Semiskilled occupations in fabrication of metal products, n.e.c. Enlistment Date: 13 Nov 1942 Enlistment Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Service Number: 33468193 Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Height: 66 Weight: 136
Hospital Admission Card:
Name: Michael S Trani Gender: Male Race: White (includes Mexican) (White) Rank: Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student) Admission Age: 30 Birth Date: abt 1915 Admission Date: Apr 1945 Discharge Date: Apr 1945 Discharge Place: Portable Surgical, Evacuation, or T/O Convalescent Hospital Military Branch: Field Artillery, General or Unspecified Military Unit: 4 Diagnosis: Diagnosis: Urethritis (non-gonococcal) Type of Injury: InjuryType: Disease; InjuryType2: Not a traumatism Type of Discharge: Duty (includes AWOL) Length of service: 2-3 yr. Service Number: 33468193 Notes: None
Here is Information on your father Robert Larch and Marriage records
Hope this helps,