Getting medals for relatives:
Dealing with NPRC(MPR)

I've been getting a lot of e-mail requests from people asking for help in getting their father or uncle's medals ... this is so I don't have to keep sending e-mail replies.

First of all, you need to send a form to the government. You can download a copy of the form, fill it out, and drop it in an envelope. That's all we can do for you ... you must take this off-line and use snail-mail.

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), Military Personnel Records (MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th Century.

Information from NPRC(MPR) records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law.

You must download or print the following pages ... view them and Do The Right Thing. YOU MUST SUBMIT THESE REQUESTS BY MAIL - NPRC(MPR) does not accept inquiries by telephone, FAX, or e-mail ... you must purchase a stamp and drop your completed form in one of those blue boxes for the men in the white trucks to collect. (This is your tax dollars at work.  :-)

Warning: You are going to be dealing with the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, or "Pentagon Mid-West" ... it may take weeks, months, or years to get a reply.

I've never actually gone through the exercise myself, but the skuttle-butt is that it's gotten slower over the years ... or maybe people are giving up sooner. As I understand it, there was a fire a few years ago, and several letters of the alphabet were lost. Rather than say, "We cannot find your records", NPRC(MPR) just doesn't answer anymore unless they are able to find and verify the information requested.

BTW, you might want to check out their page about the 1973 fire at NPRC(MPR) before you spend a lot of time on a Fool's Errand.

Anywho, I wish you good fortune in your quest, and if this doesn't work, well, I don't really care to hear about it because I've done all that I can do. (Hey, you got this far, didn't you? :-)

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