Tuesday, January 19, 2010

VIP Cartoonist Military Service Records

The National Personnel Records Center has release a list of some 3,000 prominent former military service men and women whose service records may now be obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Among those in the list are Charles Schulz, Charles Addams, George Baker, Jack Davis, Jules Feiffer, Bill Mauldin, Alex Raymond, Ted Geisel, Norman Rockwell, Mort Walker, William Randolph Hearst and Stan Lee.
The so-called military VIP list was obtained under access to public records laws and may be downloaded as a PDF document by clicking here.  Copies of military service records for individuals on the list may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act from the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63152-5100. Requests may also be faxed to (314) 801-9195.

Requests should mention that they’re being made under the Freedom of Information Act. Requests for records of deceased individuals will usually result in more material than those of the living.

Photos from top to bottom: Mort Walker's Army helmet; Bill Mauldin; Major Alex Raymond

3 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Can anyone help me get the information on Harvey Kurtzmn? His whereabouts between the summer of 1944 and the spring of 1945 are unknown.

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  2. I found a photo of Kurtzman at Camp Sutton, NC, from 1944. It gives the source of the photo as "The Art of Harvey Kurtzman."
    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/08/09/books/20090809_HELLER_SS_index.html

    There's a Kurtzman audio interview online:
    http://wiredforbooks.org/harveykurtzman/

    Might check with Denis Kitchen or R.C. Harvey.

    You can get information on requesting military service records here:

    http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/public/general-public.html

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  3. My favorite part of New York Comic Con 2009 was meeting Mort Walker and him being gracious enough to draw Sarge for me and personalize it! Great!

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