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Requesting Copies of Military Personnel Records


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#26 TD-Tommy776

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

Here's an updated link for Requesting Military Service Records through the NARA.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:49 AM

Thanks for the current information, Tommy. I think credit should also go to mcoffee for discovering the link needed updating.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:41 AM

Hi guys,

 

I'm at the NPRC several days a week getting personnel records and reconstructing records that were lost in the '73 fire. The National Personnel Records Center has recently changed how it prices records.

 

RECORDS ARE FREE=If you are the veteran himself

 

RECORDS ARE FREE=If you are the next of kin and the veteran whose record you are seeking was discharged less than 62 years ago from today's date.

 

FEE IS INVOLVED=If you are the next of kin and the veteran was discharged over 62 years ago from today's date ($25 for records  6 pages or less and $70 for records over 6 pages in length). These fees are the same regardless of whether you are the next of kin or just a non-relative seeking copies of a veteran's record. The record is open to the public at this point and these charges apply.

 

 


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:50 PM

My apologies if this isn't the right place for this (and mods, please feel free to remove) but I had no luck with the National Archives in trying to obtain my grandfather's DD214. I did manage to obtain a copy through the Baltimore War Memorial, which houses thousands of discharge papers for Maryland veterans (it could be that they're all archive-status at this point and part of public records). As many here already know, when veterans returned from the war, they usually filed a copy of their discharge paper with their local country registrar, etc. That would be an excellent place to look for anyone who hasn't had any luck in contacting the NPRC.

 

EDIT: Can someone please move this post for me or delete, it probably shouldn't be under a NPRC-specific thread. Thanks


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:01 AM

My apologies if this isn't the right place for this (and mods, please feel free to remove) but I had no luck with the National Archives in trying to obtain my grandfather's DD214. I did manage to obtain a copy through the Baltimore War Memorial, which houses thousands of discharge papers for Maryland veterans (it could be that they're all archive-status at this point and part of public records). As many here already know, when veterans returned from the war, they usually filed a copy of their discharge paper with their local country registrar, etc. That would be an excellent place to look for anyone who hasn't had any luck in contacting the NPRC.

 

EDIT: Can someone please move this post for me or delete, it probably shouldn't be under a NPRC-specific thread. Thanks

 

Actually, McCabe, I think your post can stay here. It is not at all off topic and there will be others who share your experience with NPRC (including yours truly).  Sharing your alternative route to the NPRC may turn out to help others.


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Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:18 AM

FEE IS INVOLVED=If you are the next of kin and the veteran was discharged over 62 years ago from today's date ($25 for records  6 pages or less and $70 for records over 6 pages in length). These fees are the same regardless of whether you are the next of kin or just a non-relative seeking copies of a veteran's record. The record is open to the public at this point and these charges apply.

 

Can anyone recommend a researcher in the St. Louis area who will make copies of personnel files for less than the NARA MPRC charges?  Many personnel files are short enough that even with photocopies ($0.25/page) + postage + low hourly rate they should be cheaper to photocopy than the NARA flat fee of $70, especially for an attention researcher (many files contain duplicate copies of parts of the file).  Alternatively, some researchers can make digital copies (via digital camera or scanner) which vastly saves on the costs, but many researchers don't have the appropriate equipment (maybe this is also not allowed in St. Louis?  I know it is permitted in the NARA in DC, College Park, and Atlanta).  I've tried contacting some of the researchers listed on the National Archives website, but about half are out of date so I get no response and the rest all charge fees greater than the NARA fee making using a researcher pointless!  I need to get about a half dozen files for my research (and probably others in the future).



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Posted Yesterday, 08:46 AM

Have you checked out Golden Arrow Research yet


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Posted Yesterday, 08:36 PM

I doubt you will find a professional researcher who will do it "for a low hourly rate".  After all, they have to make a living.  If you have several soldiers that you need them to research, they might consider negotiating a price, but that's a guess on my part.  The advantage to hiring a researcher is that they will get done in a couple weeks what will take the NARA a year to do.  Also, as a general rule, they are more motivated to provide better quality copies since their livelihood is dependent on it.  

 

GAR does quality work and is easy to work with.  I don't know if Geoff will be able to do it for a price you will be willing to pay, but it never hurts to ask.


Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.


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PFC Glenn W. Halvorson

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