1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 24, 2020 9:52 AM by Holly Rivet

    How do I find my families' military history?


      My uncles and cousins were in the military and I wanted to locate what I can about them for genealogical reasons.

        • Re: How do I find my families' military history?
          Holly Rivet Tracker

          Dear Mr. Tolpo,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We suggest that you request a copy of their Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs). 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.  Records for veterans who separated from service within the last 62 years are not considered Archival, but may still be requested under FOIA. 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 for each one 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 can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information about Archival Records see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests. For more information about how to access non-Archival Records, see Request Military Service Records.

          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 information is helpful.  Best of luck with your family research!



          Holly Rivet