2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 11, 2020 10:40 AM by thebioteacher

    Seeking information on grandfather who worked for US Army

    thebioteacher Newbie

      Does anyone know how I can obtain any records pertaining to my grandfather who was a German citizen that worked with counter intelligence for the US Army 42nd Rainbow Division in Bavaria during WWII?  Which organization do I contact for these records? Are these records that can even be obtained?

        • Re: Seeking information on grandfather who worked for US Army
          Shannon Kerner Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Lynn,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If he was an official employee, we suggest that you request a copy of his/her Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. Army in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and  include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/opf.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes the file unit 42nd Infantry Division: G-2 Intelligence Bulletins for 1945.  We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 42nd Infantry Division and attached units for WWII. For information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@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 RDT2 & RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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