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Veterans: How To Obtain Documents From Your Military Record File

The following links and information is the most recent resource information on obtaining documents (photocopies) from official military record files, and other resource information.
(Source: Otis Willie, Associate Librarian, The American War Library,
http://www.americanwarlibrary.com)

Obtaining Military Records or Documents:
http://members.aol.com/forvets/htomr.htm

Requesting DD-214 Changes or Upgrades:
http://members.aol.com/forvets/htomd.htm

Requesting Authorization for a Medal you have evidence you deserve:
http://members.aol.com/forvets/htom.htm

Registering a Veteran, Active Duty, or Military Family Member (Past/Present):
http://members.aol.com/veterans/registry.htm

DD 214 SPN/SPD/RE Code Information:
http://members.aol.com/warlibrary/policy.htm

Rebuilding Lost, Destroyed, Missing, Never obtained DD-214 Military Discharge Documents:
http://members.aol.com/forvets/dd214.htm

Mailing addresses

1. Claims files for pensions based on Federal military service, 1775-1916, and bounty land warrant application files based on wartime service, 1775-1855
2. Regular Army enlisted personnel serving from 1789 through October 31,1912, and officers serving from 1789 through June 30, 1917.
3. Records relating to persons who served in the Confederate States Army from 1861 through 1865.
4. Volunteer service of persons serving during an emergency and whose service was considered to be in the federal interest, during the period 1775-1902.
5. Morning Reports, pre-1917.
6. Unit operational records, pre-1939
7. Unit rosters, pre-1917

Contact:
Archives I Textual Reference Branch
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, D.C. 20408
Phone: (202)-501-5430

8. Morning reports, 1917-1974 (In 1974 the Army discontinued the use of morning reports and switched to PDC cards. PDC cards are also in the custody of the NPRC.)
9. Unit rosters, 1917-present, Regular Army.
10. Officers separated after June 30, 1917, and enlisted personnel separated after October 31, 1912.

Contact:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

11. Unit operational records, 1939-1954, and 1954 to present for units which served in Southeast Asia.

Contact:
Archives II Textual Reference Branch
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road - College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: (301)-713-7250

12. Unit operational records, 1954-present for units which did not serve in Southeast Asia; Organizational History Files, 1955- 1979.

Contact:
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Office
SAIS-IDP-F/P, Suite 201
1725 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202-4102
Phone: (703)-607-3377
DSN: 327-3377

13. Organizational History Files, 1980-present.

Contact:
Organizational History Branch
U.S. Army Center of Military History
1099 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3402
Phone: (202)-761-5413
DSN: 763-5413

14. Unit rosters, 1917-present, Army Reserve Veterans.

Contact:
Army Reserve Personnel Center
ATTN: ARPC-SFR-SSD
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5200

Public:
U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center
ATTN: ARPC-IMP-F (FOIA)
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5200

15. Unit Lineages and Honors

Contact:
Organizational History Branch
U.S. Army Center of Military History
1099 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3402
Phone: (202) 761-5413
DSN: 763-5413

16. Awards for active duty personnel.

Contact:
Military Awards Branch
Hoffman Building II
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0400
Phone: (703) 325-8699
DSN: 221-8699

17. Awards for veterans.

Contact:
U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center
Veterans Services Directorate
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5200

18. Official photographs, 1861-1988.

Contact:
Still Picture Branch
Special Archives Division
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: (301) 713-6660

19. Official photographs and videos

Contact:
Defense Visual Information Center
1363 Z Street Center
March Air Force Base, CA 92518-2727
Phone: (909) 413-1505
DSN: 348-1505

20. Motion pictures, 1898 to present.

Contact:
Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch
Special Archives Division
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: (301) 713-7060

21. Official papers.

Contact:
US Army Military History Institute
Carlisle Barracks PA 17013-5008
Phone: (717) 245-3611
DSN: 242-3611

22. Official US Army publications

Contact:
U.S. Army Publications Center
2800 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21220-2896
Phone: (410) 671-2272
DSN: 584-2272

23. Information concerning flags, colors, streamers, guidons, insignia, & uniforms (AR-840-10).

Contact:
U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry
9235 Gunston Road
Room S-112
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5579
Phone: (703) 806-4968/4969
DSN 656-4968/4969

24. US Army Air Forces records.

Contact:
US Air Force Historical Research Agency
600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424
Phone: (205) 953-5834
DSN 493-5834

25. Operations Reports/Lessons Learned (ORLL) and other primary source material about Army units in Vietnam such as radio logs, unit journals, and after action reports.

Contact:
Textual Reference Branch
National Archives, MD 20740-6001
Phone: (301)-713-7250
Fax: (301)-713-7482

There are several resources available to assist your search for a VETERAN, MILITARY PERSON, OR UNIT/VESSEL. If you have any questions about using the 39 million name/20,000 unit association database, telephone the Library's Help Desk 310-532-0634, 10am to 3pm, Pacific Time.

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