Dear Kathleen Burell,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your great-grandfather’s 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 before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
For more information on Army service records of the late 19th/early 20th century, you may be interested in this History Hub blog post.
The blog post lists record groups from the Spanish American War period that you may find helpful. For additional information on these record groups you may wish to contact the Textual Reference staff (RDT1) at the National Archives at: Archives1reference@nara.gov.
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We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research.
Thank you so much, Mr. Crumley, for all your information, direction, and advise! I just downloaded the GSA Standard Form 180 I will send it in, but after reading the rest of the information you kindly provided, I suspect that the record for which I'm looking was destroyed by the St. Louis fire, and that other documents from the Spanish-American War has not yet been digitized. I will read through the sites you recommended to make sure I didn't miss something - It appears I have some new homework to do . . .
Thank you, again, for sharing your knowledge.
- Kathleen -