1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 8, 2021 3:05 PM by Jason Atkinson Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Can Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) be viewed in person?

    Autumn Hendrickson Wayfarer

      I'm wondering if someone who visits the archives would be able to view IDPF when there? Or are they not available for in-person viewing without considerable prior notice? If that is the case, how would prior notice be provided?

        • Re: Can Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) be viewed in person?
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Hendrickson,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) from 1940-1976 for U.S. Army personnel with surnames that begin with A-L and U.S. Air Force (including Army Air Corps) IDPFs from 1940-1973 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL).

           

          The research room at the National Archives at St. Louis remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once public health conditions improve and they are able to reopen the research room they will update their website with additional information. Please monitor https://www.archives.gov/st-louis for updates. When the research room at St. Louis reopens, these records will be available in the research room.  Researchers will be required to make appointments and submit requests prior to their onsite visit.

           

          For more information about these records and about conducting research at the National Archives at St. Louis, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

           

          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.

           

          For the Army IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405. They are being scanned by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in order to properly identify remains of those still listed as missing.

           

          Army IDPFs dated after 1976 are in the legal custody of the Army. For the exact location of these files, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405.

           

          For access to U.S. Air Force IDPFs, also called Mortuary Files, from 1974 to the present, please contact Air Force Casualty Services, 550 C Street W, JBSA-Randolph AFB, TX 78150. The email address is AFPC.Casualty@us.af.mil.

           

          We hope this is helpful.

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