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The original government incompetence....
1 posted on 08/06/2013 12:08:33 PM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Personnel_Records_Center_fire


2 posted on 08/06/2013 12:10:52 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Timber Rattler

I’ve been involved in arranging funerals and burials at a national cemetary for my father, my father in law, my brother, and others.

All veterans.

If the DD214 was available, great. If not - there were hoops to jump through. Not insurmountable hoops, but still....


4 posted on 08/06/2013 12:14:39 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Timber Rattler
The original government incompetence....
Sadly, not the original ... I'm the family genealogist and the 1890 Census could have answered a lot of questions.
5 posted on 08/06/2013 12:25:08 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Timber Rattler
“When I speak to veterans groups, I tell them that in [a] sense they’ve been immortalized,” Levins said. “If you served in the United States military, your record’s going to be kept forever, just like the U.S. Constitution.

After these last few years, I wouldn't exactly find that reassuring if I were a veteran.
6 posted on 08/06/2013 12:25:14 PM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: sneakers

bump to read later


9 posted on 08/06/2013 1:03:17 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: Timber Rattler
75 percent of Air Force personnel discharged between 1947 and 1964.

Inaccurate. I was discharged in 1967 and mine were destroyed.

The documents had never been microfilmed, nor did any duplicates exist.

Also inaccurate. I was able to get a copy of mine because they were indeed on microfilm in Washington D.C.

11 posted on 08/06/2013 1:12:03 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Timber Rattler

Is that where John Kerry’s discharge papers got lost?


12 posted on 08/06/2013 1:18:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Dang. There went my proof that I was a Navy Seal in ‘Nam at age 5.


13 posted on 08/06/2013 1:18:47 PM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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That's what they told me happened to my father's records. I did get one paper that was stored somewhere else of his discharge in 1945. My maternal grandfather's couldn't be found either but he was a civilian employee and if you've ever seen govt records in storage boxes and deciphering labels, it must be you know what to try to find them.

I wondered if the St. Louis fire was started on purpose so something would never come to light.

The 1890 census burned up too with even fewer records remaining.

But accidents do happen.

14 posted on 08/06/2013 1:37:19 PM PDT by Aliska
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I got drafted in ‘66 out in ‘68... ALL SHOOK UP. Had an issue last year and needed my records as I was a Guinea Pig at Edgewood Chemical testing center. I needed to find out why I am strange!
God was on my side. My records were intact and all 217 pages made it to my Dr. Needed my congressman to do the inquiry. I was one of the lucky ones .


15 posted on 08/06/2013 1:41:44 PM PDT by primatreat ("I suffer too" .MY Obamaphone put an earwig in my brain!)
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To: Timber Rattler

I have known about the fire for years but I didn’t know that anything survived.


16 posted on 08/06/2013 1:44:40 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I got some good advice from an NCO when I was an E3 and told to keep a copy of every promotion order, pay stub, training order, etc., I ever got while on duty. I still have over 95% of those.

I used to work for a COL and when we asked him if we could throw documents away, he’d say “Just make sure you make a copy and send them to the historical records section”.


19 posted on 08/06/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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