Last month I wrote about the World War II Army enlistment records that are available online through the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Web site. I received several questions about the records so I thought it might be helpful if I shared the questions and my responses.
A. Information that can be found in a military service record is enlistment data; duty stations and training assignments; qualifications, performance awards and medals; disciplinary actions; insurance information; emergency data; administrative remarks; separation, discharge, and retirement information; personnel actions. Detailed information about military battles are not included in these records.
A. Write to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to see if the record you are seeking
survived. To request a copy of a military service record, use Form Standard Form 180 or use the
EVetRecs System, both can be found at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-
NPRC Mailing Address:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Phone number: 314-801-0800
Fax Number: 314-801-9195
To obtain these service records from NPRC, the person requesting the record must be the veteran or next-of- kin. Next-of-kin is defined as a widow or widower who did not remarry, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased.
A. NPRC tries to reconstruct the files for the military personnel that were lost in the 1973 fire, so always start by contacting NPRC first. The reconstruction is done with pay vouchers, enlistment ledgers, service number indexes and medical related records.
There are several alternate sources that can be used: