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World War I

  • A 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis destroyed the only copies of the service records of most WWI soldiers.
    • 80% of the records of army veterans discharged from 11/1/1912 to 1/1/1960 were lost.
    • U.S. Navy and Marine Corps records escaped damage.
  • Check alternative records such as pay vouchers. These can provide the veteran's name, service number, dates of service and character of service.
  • For ancestors who died while in the military from 1915-1939, search for Burial Case Files.