How to Replace Service Records Lost in the 1973 Archives Fire
May07

How to Replace Service Records Lost in the 1973 Archives Fire

    Can I replace any of the information which was lost in the 1973 archives fire?  The fire which swept through the National Personnel Records Center (N.P.R.C.) in 1973 led to the destruction of millions of Army and Air Force military service records from WWI through the early 1960’s. While the vast majority of the Army military service records which were at the NPRC during the 1973 fire will never be recovered, there...

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Korean War I.D.P.F.’s: How to Access Korean War Casualty Records from the National Archives
Apr08

Korean War I.D.P.F.’s: How to Access Korean War Casualty Records from the National Archives

  The Korean War I.D.P.F. casualty file is a vital tool for researching individual Korean War veteran’s who were killed in action or who died in the service during the Korean War. In this post we will examine why the Korean War I.D.P.F. casualty record is important for Korean War research, what kinds of records you can expect to find in your veteran’s casualty record, and how you can access your veteran’s...

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New location of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Army I.D.P.F. Casualty Personnel Files (as of 2017)
Mar18

New location of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Army I.D.P.F. Casualty Personnel Files (as of 2017)

  Exciting news regarding the transfer of Army I.D.P.F.’s to the National Archives!  WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Individual Deceased Personnel Files (Army I.D.P.F.’s) for Army veterans have been transferred to the custody of the National Archives. Prior to the start of 2017 the Army I.D.P.F.’s had been maintained under the custody of the Army. The process to acquire a veteran’s Army I.D.P.F has...

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How to Obtain a WWII Casualty Service Record (WWII I.D.P.F.)
Mar04

How to Obtain a WWII Casualty Service Record (WWII I.D.P.F.)

  If you are researching a veteran who became a casualty during WWII then you will need to ensure that you can access the WWII I.D.P.F. (Individual Deceased Personnel File) of your K.I.A. veteran. The WWII I.D.P.F. casualty record is an essential tool for researching K.I.A. veterans because it contains a wealth of  valuable information pertaining to the death and burial  of the individual K.I.A. veteran. The WWII I.D.P.F....

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WWI Casualty Records: The WWI Individual Deceased Personnel File (WWI I.D.P.F.)
Feb26

WWI Casualty Records: The WWI Individual Deceased Personnel File (WWI I.D.P.F.)

  When a WWI veteran was killed or died in action during the pre-WWII period from about 1917 through 1939, a WWI I.D.P.F. or ‘burial file’ was created. This post will examine how the WWI I.D.P.F. can be useful for research purposes, what kinds of records you will find in your veteran’s file, and also how you can access your veteran’s I.D.P.F. casualty file. The WWI I.D.P.F. provides details about the death...

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WWII Casualty Records: Understanding the WWII Individual Deceased Personnel File (I.D.P.F.)
Feb26

WWII Casualty Records: Understanding the WWII Individual Deceased Personnel File (I.D.P.F.)

    The WWII Individual Deceased Personnel File (I.D.P.F.) was created during the war if a veteran was killed or died in the service and it is a vital tool for researching members of the U.S. Military who became casualties during WWII.  If you are researching a veteran who was killed in action you will need to make sure that the WWII I.D.P.F. is included as part of your investigation. This is especially true if you are...

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