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Dear Ms. Lui,
Thank you for contacting the History Hub! Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Many Army and Army Air Corps personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, but 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.
The veteran or one of his family members may request a copy of these records by either using a GSA SF 180 or applying online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. Please ask your father to provide as much information as he can. If he is deceased, please include a copy of his death certificate.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Rebecca, how can I request a copy of grandfather's military records if there is no death certificate. Unable to find as he died at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in 1940 in Denver (Aurora) CO. We were told all records were destroyed. Only proof of his death is a grave site in Alexandria, NE with a World War Medallion by its side and a copy of obituary but no indication where it was published. He served in WWI 1917 -1919 First Gas Regiment (Company A). He died of TB as a result of the gas warfare but some years after he was Honorably Discharged. Can you direct me to my next step to get a death certificate? Thank you.
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Dear Ms. Hubbard,
Thank you for contacting the History Hub!
Your query is best answered by the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, as they are the agency who determines whether they have enough information, or whether an alternate proof of death will be sufficient. To contact the NPRC, you can call them toll free at 1-866-272-6272 from Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. You will also find other ways of contacting them on their Military Personnel Records page at https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel.
We wish you all the best with your research. Thank you for your request!