Request Service Records
Download the 4 pdf files from
the links below;
Standard Form 180 NPRC-NARA
Example of Veteran Complete (OMPF) (201 File)
Rebuild Service Record from Fire Complete
research from NARA or NPRC
Privacy Act of 1974 doesn't apply after death
Open up the first pdf file and
fill out the top and bottom parts of the Form 180.
Give as much information as possible. Serial
Number, Social Security Number dates in Service etc.
File out the bottom with your
name and address.
At the bottom you can either
fax or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the above request. If you use an email
also send to NARA the 2nd attached pdf
file from my site. This shows in detail what you
are requesting. Most of the time NARA at St. Louis
will send a response with a listing of all records.
Tell them that is not enough. You are requesting
copies of all the original records.
NARA at St. Louis also uses the
excuse the 1973 file destroyed all the records for
this person. That is not true. If they respond
with that then email them back the 3rd
pdf file from my website. Tell them you want a
rebuilt Service Record from the 1973 fire. It can be done for every person whose
records were destroyed in the fire.
The Privacy Act of 1974 doesn't
apply after death. The only thing that
survives death is any communications between the
patient and Doctor or Nurse. A x-ray for
example can be viewed but any conversation between
patient and Doctor can't be viewed. In that
case the Next of Kin would have to sign off on that.
Nothing else needs the Next of Kin signatures.
The Army has tried to use the
Privacy Act to block Service Records from being
released. They don't have the authority to do
that though. Once a person is dead the records
are available for any and all who make a request.
The Army has tried to block
having records corrected using the Privacy Act.
In this case the Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA)
page two line 10 item 12 of the
Application For Corrections of Military Record that
only the Veteran or the Next of Kin and correct a
record. That is not correct as the Privacy Act
of 1974 doesn't apply (see above). Please read
the DOJ documentation in pdf 4.
If you have any questions feel
free to email me.
January 4, 2016