Many people ask me, "Where can I find my
relative's personnel records or the Morning Reports from my relative's unit?"
Prior to 12 July 1973, the above records were at the National Archives in St. Louis, MO. There was a horrific fire on the top floor of that building where my Dad's and your relative's records were kept. Please click on the following link to learn more about the fire.
My family has tried several times to get copies of my Dad's records but always get the reply that Dad's records were burned in the 1973 fire. However, there may be hope.
Several years ago, 60 Minutes ran an episode of the St. Louis fire. They showed how the records that we are seeking were stored in manilla folders in cardboard boxes. YES, many of the records were completely destroyed. But, they showed videos of some cardboard boxes where only the tops of the tabs of the manilla folders were burned off. Someone, at some point in time, will have to pull each of the manilla folders and re-identify their contents. I am in hopes that the Fourth Cavalry Group's records are still intact and waiting to be re-identified.
I encourage anyone seeking records from St. Louis to keep trying. When you fill out the record request forms, ask for RECONSTUCTED records of your relative. Please let me know if you succeed.
There are very general WWII, U.S. Army records at the National Archives in College Park, MD, but not personnel records or Morning Reports at this location. There are no WWII, U.S. Army records at the Washington D.C. location.