How To Find Service Records for Armed Forces Veterans

           If you are interested in finding  information about your relative who served in the armed forces during World War II, The 51st Engineer Combat Battalion Living History Association Does not have those kind of records readily available, however there are several government organizations that should be able to help you.

 

Personnel Records of Individual Soldiers

         Personnel records are maintained for officers who served after 1 July 1917, and enlisted personnel in service after November 1912 and who are no longer in service, by the National Personnel Records Center. Information concerning the required procedures and forms is available through their website at http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/.  Records for individuals who served prior to those dates are in the custody of Old Military and Civil Records Branch (NWCTB), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Inquiries regarding those records can be sent to inquire@arch2.nara.gov

 

Unit Records

           Operational records of United States Army organizations created prior to 1940 are in the custody of the Military Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Requests regarding records created during World War II and the Korean War should be addressed to the Textual Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. Operational records of United States Army units that served in Southeast Asia are also in the custody of the Textual Reference Branch of the National Archives. You maybe able to access additional information about these holdings from the National Archives and Records Administration website at http://www.nara.gov. 

           Certain Unit Rosters and Morning Reports are also in the custody of the National Personnel Records, information about these collections can be found at http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/morning-reports-and-unit-rosters.html