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GLOCKINGRAT 09-09-2019 5:54 PM

Recovering military service paperwork and medals?
 
Hello everyone im hoping to find someone on here who can guide me in the right direction, my father passed away in 1993 he was a Vietnam veteran who served 6 years during the war in the us army. When he passed away his greedy siblings stole his metals and paperwork he had from the time he was in service, I'm hoping i can go somewhere or apply somewhere online to find out his history in the service as ive been digging through his old locker and can only find his discharge paperwork amd some photos. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

LAKA90034 09-09-2019 6:17 PM

Hope this gets you what you need.

-Frank


https://www.archives.gov/veterans/mi...ervice-records


“Looking for?

DD 214/ Separation Documents
Official Military Personnel File (OMPF)
Replacement Medals
Medical and Health Records
Start Form Online (then Print and Mail)

Mail or Fax Form”

Spanky8601 09-09-2019 7:12 PM

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Originally Posted by GLOCKINGRAT (Post 23395066)
Hello everyone im hoping to find someone on here who can guide me in the right direction, my father passed away in 1993 he was a Vietnam veteran who served 6 years during the war in the us army. When he passed away his greedy siblings stole his metals and paperwork he had from the time he was in service, I'm hoping i can go somewhere or apply somewhere online to find out his history in the service as ive been digging through his old locker and can only find his discharge paperwork amd some photos. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully the discharge paperwork is a DD214. That will be very helpful in tracking down everything. :oji:

jcourson 09-10-2019 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by GLOCKINGRAT (Post 23395066)
When he passed away his greedy siblings stole his metals and paperwork he had from the time he was in service

For that to be considered greedy, wouldn't they have to have some worth? There is very little value there other than sentimental.

I have also done the national archives route. Fortunately, since he served during Vietnam he wasn't succeptible to the 1973 fire that destroyed 80% of the army's records.

Snoopy47 09-10-2019 6:04 PM

The links you were given allow next of Kin a copy of the DD214, and usually one complete set of medals.

SemperInExcretiaSumus 09-11-2019 12:36 PM

Usually the DD214 will have medals earned in order of precedence (they'll often truncate it depending on how many the member was awarded) and any "warfare devices" or "pins" the member earned during their service.

If you want the citations for the medals earned, that's where I think the national archives will help. I had to go through them to obtain copies of portions of my medical and dental records during my time in.

Otherwise you can order the medals themselves online, if you wanted to make a shadow box or something.

BillyGoatCrawler 09-23-2019 8:01 PM

So what’d you find, OP? I’m curious to hear about your father’s experience.

Cincinnatus 09-23-2019 8:18 PM

OP, you can also go to a VA Counseling Center and talk to the admin folks. They can help a lot.

FWIW, the most important doc is the DD-214, as previously stated. The medals and such are easily replaced at pretty much any militaria site. I use "Medals of America" https://www.medalsofamerica.com/ for most stuff. You can get either the ribbons or medals, loose or in a rack, prioritized by the precedence. If you need help, shoot me a PM. Good luck!

Humboldt Leatherneck 09-24-2019 7:31 PM

OP is the "Discharge Paperwork" you found a DD-256/ "Certificate of Honorable Discharge" for your father?

You can also ask for the assistance of your US Congressman's Local Field Office, in ordering a copy of your father's military paperwork - DD-214 form and other military records from the St. Louis Military Records Depository.

I also had my local US Congressman's local office fax an order form for my medals and a replacement set of USMC Dress Blues Uniform from the USMC Camp Pendleton Exchange.

http://www.mccscp.com/pacific-views-mcx/

Hope that info helps you in your quest for info on your father's military service.


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