1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 8, 2020 11:33 AM by Shannon Kerner

    Seeking photograph of William Walters


      I am trying to find an Army photo of my father-in-law. William R Walters was drafted in 1965 by the Army and was sent to Fort Riley, KS with the 9th Division for basic training. From there he was flown to Vietnam. He was an E4 Corporal. At the time he was too poor to purchase a photo and our family would like to locate one so we may honor him with a My Hometown Hero flag.  Thank you for your time and help.

        • Re: Seeking photograph of William Walters
          Shannon Kerner Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Cooper,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Sometimes, the instructors of a training facility paid for a civilian photographer to come to the base to take pictures. These photographs sometimes are filed in the records of the unit but oftentimes they are just distributed to the individual members with no permanent copy kept.


          Although there may be group photographs intermingled with textual records of the units, they are not considered permanent records unless the photographs were taken by the Army Signal Corps or other official military photographers usually for publicity. Photographs considered permanent records are part of the photograph collections in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@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 RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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