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You will need your fathers signature if still living. If this is not an option you will need a birth certificate for yourself and a death certificate. You need to ask for full service members file OMPF, and any 201 files. Here is some information I found.
Name: Edmund Britt Gender: Male Birth Date: 5 Jun 1919 Death Date: 4 Nov 1987 Cause of Death: Natural SSN: 148221726 Branch 1: AF Enlistment Date 1: 16 Sep 1942 Release Date 1: 9 Jan 1946 Branch 2: AF Enlistment Date 2: 25 Jun 1952 Release Date 2: 31 Jan 1966
Currently NPRC is only processing emergency requests. But when things turn around you can request here below.
NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.
If you want you can try and contact the County Recorder or State Veterans Service Office depending on the state they may have the ability to track down his discharge papers. Many soldiers had their discharge papers recorded at the county level.
Hope this helps,
Thank you so much Elliot. My father is deceased so my next step is to request his death certificate from my 92 year old mom. This is not urgent obviously so I know during this pandemic, information that I’d like will wait.
i appreciate your prompt response.