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Our research specialists are on site daily at the U.S. National Archives public research centers which hold the official military service records of your veteran (often referred to as the ‘Official Military Personnel File’ or OMPF). We scan complete, official military service records in high resolution so you can see the personnel records of your veteran as if you were sitting in the research room at the National Archives viewing the original military records yourself. We can have most military service records ready for you within a few weeks. Let us put our expertise to work for you and help you to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the military service of your soldier, sailor, airman or marine.

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Marine Corps military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) 

Navy military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) 

Coast Guard military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) 

Merchant Mariner military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) 

Army/Air Corps military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) PLEASE NOTE: A fire at the National Archives in 1973 destroyed many official military personnel records of Army veterans. We can provide you with alternate options for rebuilding your Army veteran’s service history if their military records were lost in the archives fire.

What Documents are Found in Official Military Service Records?

  • Photographs (USN, USMC & USCG only)
  • Enlistment Papers & Applications
  • Military Discharge or dd214
  • Assigned Unit, Ship or Station
  • Ranks, Duties & Service Numbers
  • Military Campaigns & Battle Participation
  • Casualty, Burial  & Death Reports
  • Wounds Received in Battle
  • Medals, Citations & Commendations
  • Medical & Dental (Availability Varies)
  • Court Martial & Disciplinary Records
  • Military Training & Qualifications
  • Payroll Records
  • Civilian Occupations & Hobbies
  • Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriage
  • Correspondence, Addresses & Names

(Please note that some military officers also have a separate enlisted personnel service record. This means that there may be two separate military service records)

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