We’ve all heard that the military records in St. Louis at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) burned in a fire in 1973. But did you know that some of those burned files have been and continue to be handled and made available to National Archives staff when possible? The Stars and Stripes newspaper recently ran an article on this called The Painstaking Effort to Recover Millions of Burned Military Service Records.
In addition to that news, St. Louis is receiving new military records all the time. Currently, Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) are being transferred there and being prepared for us. These records are currently held in College Park, Maryland.
St. Louis also received, roughly six to eight months ago, a microfilm series of Veterans. If you do not have a serial number or enough information to request a service file, this index can be used.
Finally, it is difficult to keep up with all the changes. If you need a good researcher in St. Louis, I encourage you to contact Norm Richards. His information is on my Resources page. He has been pulling records for me and several clients for months. He is efficient and let’s me know when the records are being held up at the NPRC before he can view them. Tell him I sent you if you contact him.
Good luck with your military records search! Stay tuned to my blog because more military information will be coming out, especially closer to December with the release of my books.
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