How To Get Your Records
BY DAVID HOUPPERT,
DIRECTOR, VETERANS BENEFITS PROGRAM
I have received several inquiries
asking how to obtain military records and military decorations.
Some are researching claims for veterans benefits, while others
are interested in collecting historical information for their
families. Some, sadly, are seeking information about relatives
they never knew because they were casualties of the Vietnam War.
Military records may be obtained
by mail, fax, and the Internet. You need to know the veteranís
complete name used while in service; branch of service; his or
her service number and Social Security number; dates of service;
and date and place of birth (particularly if the service number
information includes place of discharge, last unit of
assignment, place of entry into service, and the purpose or
reason for your request for information.
This information should be
submitted on a Standard Form SF-180, which is available at
I also have had several inquiries
from veterans and their families seeking information on
obtaining replacement medals and ribbons. These may be obtained
from the appropriate office within each branch of service. All
requests must be signed by the veteran or next of kin. The
request should be sent using an SF-180. Also include a copy of
the veteranís DD-214, if possible. All requests should be mailed
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Requests for the Army and Army
Air Corps should be directed to the Medals Section (NRPMA-M).
Air Force requests should be sent to the Air Force Reference
Branch (FRPMF). Navy requests go to the Navy Liaison Office;
Marine Corps and Coast Guard requests should be addressed to the
Bureau of Navy Personnel Liaison Office, Room 5409.