Records relating to military service after the Philippine Insurrection are held at the National Personnel Records Center of the National Archives (St. Louis). Although these records are generally beyond the scope of this research guide, a few details will be provided here.
The most important thing to know about military records at this facility is that a 1973 fire destroyed the majority of personnel files for veterans serving in the following:
In addition, records of individuals who left service less than 62 years ago are not available to the general public (as of 2021, this means access is restricted for records 1959 and later). They can be requested only the service member, or, if she or he is deceased, a spouse who hasn’t remarried, a parent, a child or a sibling.
For additional help researching ancestors in WWI and later conflicts, the following guides may be useful:
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