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I believe that is old enough that it is public record,as per info I copied below from the web.
Also read about the 1973 fire:
I have researched my father's records (AAF) and his brother's (Navy). Navy records were not in the fire. I was advised by a friend that if my initial request for my father's records came back as destroyed in the fire to try again. That is what happened. When I requested it again, I received an actual phone call from a man who explained he had found a few pages of damaged pages that had not been "cleaned" and he called it a "burn file." they could clean it up as best they could and send it, with no guarantees, but that what he was holding was, indeed, all that was left. My father's last name started with B so it gave him a better chance of some survival than later letters, or so I understand,
Who Can Request Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF)
Access depends on the discharge date:
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Dear Mr. Culbertson,
All military records that are over 62 years old, on a rolling date, are archival records. This means that they are open to the public and anyone can submit a request for copies or to view the records. You may submit a Standard Form 180 to the National Archives at St. Louis and they will conduct a search for this record for you.
More information about the holdings of the National Archives at St. Louis and how to request records can be found at: https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/archival-programs
Thank you for your interest!
Interesting. On 17 April 2017, I sent a request for information directly to MPRC. On 19 April, I got a reply telling me that I need to find a next of kin to sign the SF 180. I like your answer better.
Do I understand that, as of today, I could submit an SF 180 requesting the service record of any Soldier who left the Army on or before 12 May 1955, whether that Soldier is deceased or not?
Michael W. Culbertson
SGM, USA Ret
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Dear Mr. Culbertson,
We apologize for the confusion.
To answer your question, yes. The Official Military Personnel Files for any soldier who left service on or before 12 May 1955 (rolling 62 years since separation) are archival and open to the public, subject to FOIA B6 redactions without proof of death.
If his service did indeed end more than 62 years ago, then it is archival and open to the public unless he remained in the Reserves. We suggest that you complete a SF180 and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This way your request will go directly to the National Archives at St. Louis. The staff of this archival department will check for his service record and be able to provide you a response as to whether or not it is archival.
We hope this provides a satisfactory answer. For any follow up questions about OMPFs, please email address provided above. Thank you for contacting the History Hub!
Thanks. I will work on SF 180s for the men whose records I can access. I hope the survived the fire of 1973!
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Also check with his home county courthouse to see if he filed a copy of his
discharge form with them. It was not required but was recommended that they