How do I request copies of records?
Federal law [5 USC 552a(b)] requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing. Each request must be signed (in cursive) and dated (within the last year).
Certain basic information needed to locate military service records, includes: the veteran's complete name as used in service; service number; Social Security Number (if applicable); branch of service; dates of service; date and place of birth. For records affected by the 1973 Fire, additional information, such as place of discharge; last assigned unit; and place of entry into service may be useful.
To access military service records, requesters may:
Mail a letter or Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records to:
National Personnel Records Center 1 Archives Drive St. Louis, MO 63138
Fax a letter or Standard Form 180 to: 314-801-9195 When sending a request via postal mail or fax, please use the Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. Although not mandatory, using the SF-180 is the recommended method to send a request for military service information. This form captures all the necessary information to locate a record. Provide as much information on the form as possible and send copies of any service documents that you may have.
Follow the instructions for preparing the SF-180. Check the Records Location Table and submit your request to the appropriate address.
Note: For the issuance and replacement of medals and awards, do not use the addresses on the SF-180. See Military Awards and Decorations for additional information on how and where to submit correspondence for issuance or replacement.
Costs: The NPRC processes most requests for limited information without cost. However, it is possible that a fee may be charged if the researching, processing and photocopying becomes excessive. If your request involves a service fee, you will be notified as soon as that determination is made. See Archival Records for information on archival holdings and associated copy fees: the NARA fee schedule authorizes the Agency to collect fees from the public for copies of archival records (44 USC 2116c and 44 USC 2307).
Those who have authorization from the veteran or the veteran's next-of-kin may request an appointment with the Federal Records Center Research Room to view the records in person.
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Jorge Asodisen I
April 23, 1886
Sulat, Eastern Samar
October 25, 1980
Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, Philippines
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