1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 21, 2021 12:52 PM by Eric Kilgore

    Trying to find military record of deceased step-father

    William Christian Newbie

      Need to find military record of deceased step-father.

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          • Re: Trying to find military record of deceased step-father
            Eric Kilgore Adventurer

            Dear William Christian,


            Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!


            The records you are seeking would be in your step-father's Official Military Personnel File.  The Official Military Personnel Files are in the custody of the National Personnel Record Center / National Archives at St. Louis.  Under normal circumstances, requesting these records is a pretty easy task.  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.  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.


            While you are able to submit a request through the EvetRecs portal,  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.  You can begin that process here: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records



            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!