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Please see Locations of Service Records to determine where his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) would be based on his branch of service and separation date. In many cases where Army and Air Force 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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. Veterans and next of kin of deceased veterans also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file.
Military personnel records are opened to the public 62 years after the veteran leaves the military. If less than 62 years have passed since the veteran’s discharge date (to include any reserve time), certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or the next of kin the deceased veteran. If you are the next of kin of a deceased veteran, you must provide proof of death of the veteran such as a copy of death certificate, letter from funeral home, or published obituary. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Non-Archival Holdings and Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Holdings. Also see Genealogy Research in Military Records.
We suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the History Hub Blog titled Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers. Also, the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy and the Library of Congress pages on We are trying to compile a family history, What free resources can I use for genealogy?, and Local History and Genealogy Reference Services may be useful.
With more information such as your father’s full name, date and place of birth, we may be able to better assist you with your research inquiry.
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