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collections o personnel records at the National Archivesinclude fles that document military and civilian service orpersons who are well known to the public or many reasons.Tese individuals include celebrated military leaders,Medal o Honor recipients, U.S. Presidents, members o Congress, other government ocials, scientists, artists,entertainers, and sports fgures—individuals noted orpersonal accomplishments as well as persons known or theirinamous activities.Te military service departments and NARA haveidentifed over 500 such military records or individualsreerred to as “Persons o Exceptional Prominence” (PEP).Many o these records are now open to the public earlierthan they otherwise would have been (62 years ater theseparation dates) as the result o a special agreement thatallowed these records to be transerred to the National Archives as early as 10 years ater the veterans’ dates o death.Tese archival recordsconcern persons as diverseas Spiro Agnew and Arthur Ashe, Humphrey Bogartand Frank Capra,Henry Fonda and AlexHaley, Lyndon Johnsonand Charles Lindbergh,George S. Patton and JimiHendrix, Grace Hopper andBeatrice Arthur.Many o these fles arenow being digitized inorder to ensure theirpreservation andto make themmore widely available. Digital copies o PEPs can be purchased on CD/DVDs.Te price o the disc depends on the number o pages containedin the original paper record and range rom $20 (100 pages orless) to $250 (more than 1,800 pages). For more inormation orto order copies o digitized PEP records only, please write to
Archival sta are in the process o identiyingthe records o prominent civilian employees whose names willbe added to the list. Other individuals whose records are now available or purchase on CD are:Creighton W. Abrams, Grover Cleveland Alexander,Desi Arnaz, Joe L. Barrow, John M. Birch, Hugo L. Black,Gregory Boyington, Prescott S. Bush, Smedley Butler, EvansF. Carlson, William A. Carter, Adna R. Chaee, ClaireChennault, Mark W. Clark, Benjamin O. Davis. Also, George Dewey, William Donovan, James H.Doolittle, John F. Dulles, Merritt Edson, Milton C.Eisenhower, Earl H. (Pete) Ellis, James V. Forrestal,Benjamin D. Foulois, Clark Gable, Virgil I. Grissom, LeslieR. Groves, John Hamilton, William Hasley, Oveta Hobby,Laayette R. Hubbard (Navy), Laayette R. Hubbard(USMC), Edouard J. Izac. Also, John F. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, Robert F.Kennedy, George C. Kenney, John L. Kerouac, Husband E.Kimmel, Ernest J. King, Mary Klinker, Alan W. Ladd, John A. LeJeune, Curtis LeMay, Douglas MacArthur, errance(Steve) McQueen, Charles McVay, Alton G. Miller, DorisMiller, William L. Mitchell, Victor Morrow, Audie L.Murphy, Chester Nimitz, Richard M. Nixon, Joseph H.Pendleton, yrone E. Power, Elvis A. Presley, Joseph Pulitzer,Lewis Puller, Eddie Rickenbacker. Also, Jackie Robinson, Knute K. Rockne, ElliottRoosevelt, James Roosevelt, John A. Roosevelt, Barry Sadler (Army), Barry Sadler (USAF), Lance P. Sijan,Eddie Slovik, Carl Spaatz, Joseph W. Stilwell, Albert L.Sullivan, Francis H. Sullivan, George . Sullivan, Joseph E.Sullivan, Madison A. Sullivan, Maxwell aylor, AlexanderVandergrit, and Alvin C. York.
Col. Oveta Culp Hobby, Director o the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps(later the Women’s Army Corps), World War II, received theDistinguished Service Medal. In 1953, she was appointedas the frst secretary o the U.S. Departmento Health, Education, and Welare.