1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 19, 2021 12:54 PM by Eric Kilgore

    Request Vietnam vet's document showing a silver star award

    Dean DeLuca Newbie

      quickest way to get a copy of a Vietnam vet's document showing award of

      a silver star medal in lieu of a 10th air medal

        • Re: Request Vietnam vet's document showing a silver star award
          Eric Kilgore Adventurer

          Dean Dean DeLuca,


          The document(s) you're seeking would be found in the veteran's  Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).  OMPFs are in the custody of the National Personnel Record Center / National Archives at St. Louis.  The quickest way would be to submit your request here:  https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records. However, there are a few things to be aware of.  If you are not the veteran or the veteran's Next-of Kin, you'll need to submit your request citing FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) as the records of those who were discharged less than 62 years ago, are not open to the public.  Awards and decorations are releasable under the Privacy Act and you should specifically ask for them and any accompanying citations in your request.   However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our limited workforce, we are prioritizing requests from veterans and their families for medical emergencies, final military honors, and other essential benefits.


          Currently, there is a substantial backlog of routine requests, in addition to the emergency requests awaiting response.  Please understand, that your request will be placed into a queue for non-emergency requests until such time as we are able to process it.   While it is still unknown how soon we will able to resume responding to routine requests,  the National Personnel Record Center is working hard and taking an aggressive approach to decreasing response times and eliminating the backlog.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RRPO (The National Archives at St. Louis). We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!