1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 9, 2020 2:48 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of father & 6th Infantry

    Michael Traugott Newbie

      I believe my late father was in the 6th Infantry during WWII. I am trying to find information about his service during the Battle of the Bulge. I recall him being in basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood.  Any suggestions?

        • Re: Seeking records of father & 6th Infantry
          Jason Atkinson Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Traugott,

           

          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. Army 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. 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 omit it or provide estimates (such as writing World War 2 instead of specific dates) however the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

          It is unclear from the information provided which unit you are requesting records for.  The 6th Infantry Division served in the Pacific during World War II and never fought in the European theater.  The 6th Armored Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 1st Armored Division until it was reorganized on 20 July 1944 and its elements were redesignated as follows: 1st Battalion as the 6th Armored Infantry Battalion, 2d Battalion as the 11th Armored Infantry Battalion, and 3d Battalion as the 14th Armored Infantry Battalion.  All of these battalions were in Italy at the time of the Battle of the Bulge.

           

          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 includes records of the units listed above. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 and copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 1947 - 1959 for Army units (including Army Air Corps) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.  Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.

           

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