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Federal Files on Famous - Prologue Fall 2011

Federal Files on Famous - Prologue Fall 2011

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A brief overview of the files that document military and civilian service for persons who are well known to the public for many reasons. These individuals include celebrated military leaders, Medal of Honor recipients, U.S. Presidents, members of Congress, other government officials, scientists, artists, entertainers, and sports figures—individuals noted for personal accomplishments as well as persons known for their infamous activities.
A brief overview of the files that document military and civilian service for persons who are well known to the public for many reasons. These individuals include celebrated military leaders, Medal of Honor recipients, U.S. Presidents, members of Congress, other government officials, scientists, artists, entertainers, and sports figures—individuals noted for personal accomplishments as well as persons known for their infamous activities.

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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 ocials, scientists, artists,entertainers, and sports fgures—individuals noted orpersonal accomplishments as well as persons known or theirinamous activities.Te military service departments and NARA haveidentifed over 500 such military records or individualsreerred 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 ater theseparation dates) as the result o a special agreement thatallowed these records to be transerred to the National Archives as early as 10 years ater 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 inormation orto order copies o digitized PEP records only, please write to
 pep.records@nara.gov.
 Archival sta are in the process o identiyingthe 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. Chaee, 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,Laayette R. Hubbard (Navy), Laayette 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, AlexanderVandergrit, 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 Welare.
Famous–and Infamous

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