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Date Posted: Wed, July 06 2005, 21:34:16
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-18.104.22.168.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 22.214.171.124
Subject: Re: Vietnam records...
In reply to:
's message, "Vietnam records..." on Wed, July 06 2005, 14:35:48
Wow! Those are highly technical questions. I have a copy of my personnel file, but there isn't much in it: just a DA-20 (Department of the Army Enlisted Qualification Record), a DD-4 (Department of Defense Enlistment Contract, and a copy of the orders releasing me from the United States Army Reserve (Standby).
I assume that by "GSA" you mean the U.S. General Services Administration. As far as I'm aware they procure (and auction off) land, buildings, vehicles, computers, paper clips, etc. for the Federal Government. I doubt if they keep any records on veterans unless the individual is one of their employees, made a sale or purchase, or has a contract with the government.
Military records are usually kept at the National Archives and Records Administration in St. Louis, MO, except for medical records which are held by the Department of Veterans Affairs. There are some exceptions to this, but they are rare. There could be serveral reasons why someone's military records are kept "active" even after a report of death or a presumption of death. Most of these cases involve unaccounted-for MIAs or POWs whose bodies have never been recovered. There are also a few cases of desertions and because the individuals were never discharged, they keep the books open on them.
Other government agencies may keep military records on veterans (like the FBI, CIA, State Department, etc.), but this is usually in connection with security clearances or because the veteran underwent highly specialized training like sniper school or explosives and demolition school.
My advice would be to talk to a lawyer who is familiar with this stuff. I'm really not an expert on the matter and don't think that anyone else on this Bulletin Board is either.
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