1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 1, 2021 11:22 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking my father's dates of military service

    Teslyn Campbell Newbie

      I am trying to find out the dates of service for my father. He recently passed away and has no other documentation of his time other than a DD-256a for honorable discharge but it only has the discharge date.

        • Re: Seeking my father's dates of military service
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Campbell,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before October 2002 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. 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. 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 if it survived the fire. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Request Military Service Records.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC is closed except for emergencies. Currently, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.

           

          If he left the service after September 2002, his records still may be with his branch of service. For more information, see Locations of Service Records.

           

          We hope this is helpful.