The sixth floor had contained twentieth-century military records of Army and Air Force personnel: about five million World War I service records, nine million World War II records, and an additional six million records from the wars in Korea and Vietnam War. Some Air Force records were stored elsewhere in the building, so they were spared.
But what if you have copies of some of those records? Is there any way you can help supplement what is left or help rebuild a ruined file? Nancy Schuster from the National Archives-St. Louis offers the following guidelines to those who may have copies of military records that might replace what was destroyed.
- NARA-St. Louis will accept photocopies of papers but NOT original documents.
- NARA will NOT accept photographs or anything other than paper.
- They are NOT equipped to handle digital copies nor will they take medals or other memorabilia.
If you have copies of discharge papers, certificates, or any other relevant papers for your veteran that you would like to donate, you can mail your copies to:
The National Archives-St. Louis
Attn: Military Documents
PO Box 38757
St. Louis, MO 63138
If you have further questions, you can contact NARA-St. Louis at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can check out the genealogy page of their website here.
More information about the fire? An interesting article is available here.