It just got easier to find information on your ancestor who served in World War II. This week, the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
opened Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) of Army, Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel who were discharged, retired or died in the service prior to 1946.
That’s more than six million records documenting assignments, evaluations, awards and decorations, training, demographics, medical information and disciplinary actions. Some files also contain photos of the individual and official correspondence.
You can access your relative’s records by visiting or writing the NPRC in St. Louis, submitting Standard Form 180
, or (if you're next of kin) using eVetRecs online ordering
. See the NPRC announcement
for more details.
The NPRC, a National Archives
facility, holds service records of military personnel discharged after 1917. It plans to eventually open its entire collection 57 million OMPFs, with more available to the public each year through 2067.