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Do you have any additional information pertaining to the individual you are seeking. Name, DOB, place of birth or where they may have lived.
Also, could you provide additional information about his service? Was he Army, Navy, or Marine? Officer or Enlisted? If he was Army, was he in the Regular Army or Volunteer? Do you happen to know which unit he was in?
Dear Mr. Madonia,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
The procedure for submitting a request for his service records depends on which branch of the military he served in and whether he was an officer or enlisted.
Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) for enlisted soldiers and officers of volunteer units are documented in the record series Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the Spanish-American War in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94). This series is indexed by Indexes to the Carded Records of Soldiers Who Served in Volunteer Organizations During the Spanish-American War in Record Group 94. Some of the CMSRs and the index cards in these series have been digitized and are online through the Catalog.
Enlisted soldiers of the Regular Army are documented in the Enlistment Papers, 1798 - October 31, 1912 in Record Group 94. This series has not been digitized and is not available online.
Information about Regular Army enlisted soldiers also may be located in the Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798 - 1914 (M233) in Record Group 94. M233 has been digitized and is available on Fold3 as Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; on Ancestry as U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; and on FamilySearch as United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914. There may be a fee for using Ancestry and Fold3. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
The record series Letters Received, 1863 - 1917 (documenting 1850 - 1917) in Record Group 94 includes letters, reports, and papers relating to the military service of officers of the Regular Army, officers of Volunteers in the Staff Corps commissioned by the President, and officers commissioned by brevet appointment in the Regular Army and Volunteer organizations. Portions of these series have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
Service records of officers of the US Navy may be found in Abstracts of Service Records of Naval Officers, 5/1798 - 7/1924 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24).
US Marine Corps service records may be found in Service Records of Enlisted Men, 1798 - ca. 1900 and Records of Military Service of Marine Corps Officers, 1849 - 1904 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127).
For information about the non-digitized portions of all of the records listed above, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
Some Spanish American War veterans or their survivors applied for pension files after the war. The majority of Civil War pension files in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1). There are also 3 record series (XC files) in Record Group 15 at the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) that include claims files relating to Civil War Veterans. These records were transferred to the National Archives in 1952 and 1955 from the VA. Please email both RDT1 at firstname.lastname@example.org and RL-SL at email@example.com with full details about the individuals you are researching.
If he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, we suggest that you request his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and prior to 1958 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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 RDT1 and 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. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. 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 this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
The Prologue Magazine article "Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines of the Spanish-American War" provides a description of the types of records available for each category of serviceman.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!