2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 10, 2020 12:09 PM by Erin Perkins

    Seeking military records of my grandfather

    Cynthia McGuinn Newbie

      How can I get military records of my deceased grandfather?

        • Re: Seeking military records of my grandfather
          Thomas Richardson Tracker

          Dear Ms. McGuinn,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          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 also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC was closed from March 23 through June 23, 2020.  As of June 24th, the NPRC entered into Phase One of a gradual reopening process.  The center is currently only servicing emergency requests and will soon expand its service to include time-sensitive requests from veterans for records needed to secure VA home loan guarantees and employment opportunities. We apologize for any inconvenience.

           

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

          • Re: Seeking military records of my grandfather
            Erin Perkins Newbie

            They can be requested on the national archives website, however, there is a note there now that if they are only servicing emergency requests right now due to COVID-19.

             

            www.archives.gov/veterans

             

            regular service depends on how long ago your grandfather discharged.