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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs


Up In Smoke

The 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis destroyed about 80 percent of the records for Army personnel discharged between Nov. 1, 1912, and Jan 1, 1960. Also destroyed were about 75 percent of the records for Army Air Force and Air Force personnel, with surnames from "Hubbard" through "Z", discharged between Sep. 25, 1947, and Jan. 1, 1964.

Officials have never determined what exactly was lost in the fire because there are no indices to the blocks of records involved. They were simply filed in alphabetical order for the following groups: 

World War I (Army) - Sep. 7, 1930, to Nov. 1, 1912

World War II (Army) - Dec. 31, 1946, to Sep. 8, 1939

Post -World War I (Army) - Dec. 31, 1959, to Jan. 1, 1947

Post World-War II (Army) - Dec. 31, 1963, to Sep. 25, 1947


If your records were lost

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) will attempt to reconstruct a vetern's records only if asked by the veteran or the next of kin of a deceased veteran. Next of kin are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, husbands or wives. Given sufficent information, NPRC may be able to reconstruct a file.

This includes:

Full name used during military service

Date of birth

Branch of service

Approximate dates of service

Service number

Place of entry into the service

Last unit of assignment

Place of discharge

Send this infomation to:

National Personnel Records Center
Millitary Personnel REcords
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

If a veteran does not have any of the necessary documents or infomation, they may be available from VA or state veterans service center.

 Veterans or next of kin may also submit a request for records online at NPRC can also be contacted at (314) 810-0800 or by email at NPRC cannot accept email requests for records. Email queries should only be sent to ask general information, such as procedures or hours of operation.