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If I could rate higher than 5 stars, I would. Working with Geoff has been a fantastic experience in locating my grandfather’s military files from the Marine Corps – I was able to get his personnel file covering two enlistments (peace-time & war) that filled in so many gaps in our family history, and then worked with him again in getting after-action reports from his Marine Division & Unit during a specific time-frame in the Battle of Okinawa. If you’re interested in a relative’s military experience & history, there is no need to continue searching fruitless research on the web, Golden Arrow is the firm you’ve been looking for.
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Access to WWII U.S.N. Service Records
By: Geoff Gentilini
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
The WWII Navy O.M.P.F. or ‘WWII Navy official military personnel file’ is essential for researching veterans who served in the Navy during WWII. In this post we will examine why the WWII Navy O.M.P.F. is useful for your research, what kinds of records you can expect to find in your veteran’s file, and how you can access your veteran’s WWII Navy O.M.P.F. service file.
Cecil T. Schubert 115th Liaison Sq. WWII A.A.F.
By: Geoff Gentilini
Posted: Dec 10, 2018
Today’s post honors WWII Air Corps pilot Cecil T. Schubert. Like many Army and Air Corps veterans of WWII, Mr. Schubert’s military service records were lost in the 1973 fire. Other than the fact that Schubert flew P-38’s in the South Pacific, his family knew very little about his service in the Air Corps during World War II. Schubert was indeed a P-38 pilot, but as it is often the case for veteran’s whose service records were burned in the 1973 fire, there was much more to his story.
How to Access a Marine Corps O.M.P.F.
By: Geoff Gentilini
Posted: May 7, 2017
The Marine Corps O.M.P.F. ( Marine Corps Official Military Personnel File) is a vital tool for researching Marine Corps veterans who served during the 20th Century. The Marine Corps O.M.P.F.’s for WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam are maintained at the National Archives and these official military personnel files contain records which cannot be found on the internet.
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After nearly a decade of engaging in research of military and historical records at archival research rooms nationwide we have acquired a level of experience that few can match. Our team includes staff who previously worked for the National Archives, ex-Department of Defense research contractors, military historians, and genealogists. The team of military and genealogy research specialists at Golden Arrow are physically on-site at the archival research centers (nationwide) where we perform research in-person, every day. Our unrivaled knowledge of the archival holdings, U.S. military history, and the decades of combined experience in historical and military records research ensures that the quality of research and attention to detail far exceeds what any other research company can offer you.
When you contact us with your order we will discuss with you via email the different options for research. While most military personnel service records (O.M.P.F.’s) are in the $175 range, we also offer more large-scale research services which can be more expensive. The scope of the research will depend on your research needs as well as your budget. We are happy to scale the work to your specific needs.
No, not if you are interested in more than just the superficial fragments of information which are currently available on the internet. Your veteran’s records are among the millions of files which are physically maintained at archival research facilities nationwide and their records will need to be scanned on-site at the archival research center. The cost of our research service (to scan or research military or historical records) is typically much less than the cost of a plane ticket to visit the archives yourself.
We scan records, page by page at the archival facility where they are maintained and send these records to you as a chronological PDF file. You can download the records right on to your computer.
We scan military and historical records, page by page at the research reading room where they are maintained and send these records to you as a chronological PDF file. You can download the records right on to your computer. Most service records are ready within about three weeks. However, some large scale research projects can take as long as 12 weeks or more to complete. In many cases we are working on research of your individual veteran or civilian at multiple research archives across the country-which is a time consuming process.
We offer a wide variety of research services ranging from simple scanning projects to intensive, in-depth research of individual veterans, units or long-lost relatives. The best way to figure out exactly what you need is to place an order with us. Select the time period and branch of service to which your veteran was assigned, or describe the non-military research you are needing us to conduct, and submit your contact info to us. We will then promptly send you an email with options for researching your veteran. You can fill out a simple contact form with any questions here: Request Records
Yes. We will contact you via email once we have completed your research project. Payment is due upon receipt of the email invoice and can be made using either credit/debit or Paypal if preferred. We use Paypal to process all of our payments securely. However, you do not need a Paypal account to submit payment to us. Once payment is received we then send you a download link so that you can download and save your records.
Yes, we do retain most records for at least one year. Please be advised that you are responsible to download and backup your records. If your records are lost we will do what we can to recover them for you but we cannot guarantee that your records will be located. Additionally, any records located and scanned at NARA that are considered ‘archival’ are public records (this does not include Vietnam and later OMPF’s) and these public domain records may be used in one or more of our free educational programs.