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Dear Ms. Curran,
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. If there is any information you do not know you may leave it blank or provide an estimate. However, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC was closed from March 23 through June 23, 2020. As of June 24th, the NPRC entered into Phase One of a gradual reopening process. The center is currently only servicing emergency requests and will soon expand its service to include time-sensitive requests from veterans for records needed to secure VA home loan guarantees and employment opportunities.
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Here is some information. Also since he was from the Illinois and Chicago area I would strongly request information from them they might have something on your father.
Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
833 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 19432
Springfield, IL 62794-9432
George Dunn County Building
69 West Washington
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Fax number 312-814-2764
Toll Free 800-437-9824
Department Phone Number Director Chicago 312-814-2460
Assistant Director Chicago: 312-814-2460
Chief-of-Staff 217-785-2775 Chief Legal Counsel 312-814-5391 Communication Manager/
Information Technology 217-782-4062 Legislative Liaison 217-524-7278 Procurement Officer 217-785-7813 MIA/POW Scholarship 217-782-3564 War Graves 217-782-6643 Files/DD214's 217-782-4652 Field Services/Service Offices 312-814-2745 State Approving Agency 217-782-7838 Veterans' Cash Grant 217-782-6153 Name: Elmer H Jacobsen Name (Original): JACOBSEN ELMER H Event Type: Military Service Event Date: 20 Sep 1939 Term of Enlistment: 0 Birth Year: 90 Birthplace: ILLINOIS Education Level: 4 years of high school Civilian Occupation: Unskilled occupations in manufacture of miscellaneous electrical equipment, n.e.c. Marital Status: Widower or widow, without dependents Army Branch: Signal Corps Army Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) Serial Number: 06912875 Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923 Box Film Number: 00421.35
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