1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 13, 2022 10:54 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Need to find the records of Larry Espinoza

    Vivian Espinoza Newbie

      Need to find the record of my husband, Larry A Espinoza, who served in Vietnam. His DD-214 does not show it.

        • Re: Need to find the records of Larry Espinoza
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mrs. Espinoza,

           

          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 husband’s complete Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which should include other records related to his service in addition to his DD-214. OMPFs for those who  separated from the U.S. Armed Forces after 1958 and before October 2002 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.

           

          Records like morning reports, rosters, or muster rolls may provide some additional useful information.

           

          For example, morning reports for Army units dated 1960 - September 1974 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. The semi-annual rosters (i.e., April and October) for 1960-1974 for U.S. Army units are attached to the morning reports of the respective units. All rosters for the period are not available and usually list only enlisted personnel. Paper copies may be obtained from microfilm by writing to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  Research and reproduction fees are charged for this service.  Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 to request this information.

           

          If your husband served in the Navy, then the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1949 - 12/31/1971 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) may include the muster rolls of the ship he served on. Some of these records have been digitized and are available for viewing using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College P]ark - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.  Please note that the Muster rolls/Personnel Diaries for 1971 utilize social security numbers as service numbers and are subject to privacy restrictions.

           

          If you can provide additional information like your husband’s branch of military service or his unit number, we may be able to direct you to additional or more specific resources.

           

          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 RDT2. 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.

           

          Please note that the National Archives and Records Administration does not have the authority to make changes to personnel records. Changes can only be made by the Department of Defense. To correct a military personnel record, use a DD Form 149 (Application for Correction of Military Record). If you have additional questions about the form or the process, please write directly to the appropriate office which has jurisdiction in such matters:

           

          • Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA), 251 18th Street South, Suite 385, Arlington, VA 22202-3531. For assistance, please email army.arbainquiry@mail.mil.

           

          • Correction of Naval Records 701 S. Courthouse Road, Building 12, Suite BE140, Arlington, VA 22204-2490.

           

          • Board for Correction of Air Force Records, SAF/MIBR, 550 C Street West, Suite 40, Randolph Air Force Base, TX 78150-4742. 

           

          We hope this is helpful.