3 Replies Latest reply on May 21, 2018 6:38 PM by mlbc

    May an OMPF lost in the fire be rebuilt with donated copies of documents?

    Wayfarer

      If a family has copies of documents, such as separation documents, award of medals, flight logs, etc., is there a way to supply copies of these to the NPRC to rebuild at least in part an OMPF that was destroyed in the 1973 fire? The purpose would be to make these accessible to future researchers. These would likely be unofficial copies.

        • Re: May an OMPF lost in the fire be rebuilt with donated copies of documents?
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Hello Mrs. Collins,

           

          I have tried this as well, and for the most part I have been told in many cases, whatever you have is going to probably be more than what NPRC has in regards to whomever your looking for. There are of course other ways for NPRC to recreate records from alternative sources that they have such as pay cards, morning reports, unit rosters. The best bet would be and try to reach out to them, everyone situation is different.

           

           

          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: May an OMPF lost in the fire be rebuilt with donated copies of documents?
            Holly Rivet Tracker

            Hello Ms. Collins,

             

            Thank you for posting your question to the History Hub.  The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis will only take copies of documents that would normally be found in an Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for a record that was damaged or destroyed in the 1973 fire.  The examples you list would be acceptable, but not considered official sources even if they were the originals. These donated documents would be used as reference guides to locate the veteran’s official auxiliary documents used to reconstruct their service.

             

            We recommend only sending in copies of these originals to:

             

            National Personnel Records Center

            1 Archives Drive

            St. Louis, MO 63138

             

            We hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck with your undertaking!

             

            Sincerely,

             

            Holly Rivet

             

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