1 Reply Latest reply on May 19, 2020 1:03 PM by Cara Jensen

    Would his Service Number be the same in both wars?

    Phyllis Wells Newbie

      My uncle served in both World Wars, but I was informed that his WWI records were lost. I have searched and found nothing but WWII. I would like to find out if the same service numbers were assigned for both wars (Army service).  Thank you

        • Re: Would his Service Number be the same in both wars?
          Cara Jensen Scout

          Dear Ms. Wells,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          To verify your uncle’s WWI service number, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. You can also fax the form to 314-801-9195. Veterans and their next of kin can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

          Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764.  We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.

           

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