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Subject: [VeteranIssues] Military Personnel Records Center
 
Some veterans have had trouble finding the new web site for ST Louis military records center.
 
http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis/military_personnel_records.html
 
http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis/military_personnel_records/overview_of_records.html
 
National Personnel Records Center
(St. Louis, MO)
 
Overview of Our Records
 
Official military personnel files including active duty health records, clinical records and medical treatment records are the primary holdings at NPRC (MPR).
 
Official military personnel files (OMPF) including the active duty record (includes outpatient, dental, and mental health treatment).
 
Clinical (hospital inpatient) records created for military personnel while on active duty.
 
Medical treatment records for military retirees, dependents, and others created at military health care facilities (includes inpatient, outpatient, dental, and mental health treatment).
 
Other records at NPRC include:
 
Morning Reports and Unit Rosters.
 
Philippine Army and Guerrilla Records.
 
Frequently requested records which are not at NPRC (MPR).
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National Personnel Records Center
(St. Louis, MO)
 
The 1973 Fire
 
On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at NPRC (MPR) destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files. The affected record collections are described below.
 
Branch Personnel and Period Affected Estimated Loss
Army Personnel discharged November 1, 1912, to January 1, 1960 80%
Air Force Personnel discharged, September 25, 1947, to January 1, 1964
(with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.) 75%
 
No duplicate copies of the records that were destroyed in the fire were maintained, nor was a microfilm copy ever produced. There were no indexes created prior to the fire.  In addition, millions of documents had been lent to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the fire occurred.  Therefore, a complete listing of the records that were lost is not available.  Nevertheless, NPRC (MPR) uses many alternate sources in its efforts to reconstruct basic service information to respond to requests.
http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis/military_personnel_records/alternate_record_sources.html