Some military service records stored in the Personnel Records Center in St. Louis were damaged by a fire in 1973. The military service records were involved in the fire if the former railroad employee was either:
- Discharged from the Army during the years from 1912 to 1959, or
- Discharged from the Air Force during the period from September 1947 through December 1963 and the last name comes after Hubbard in the alphabet.
If your military service records were destroyed either in the fire in the National Records Center at St. Louis in 1973, or in some other way, you may request a new military service record with Form SF-180, Request Pertaining to Military Records . This form is available from the RRB or your branch of service. If no other record can be obtained, a written statement of military service from one of the agencies listed below can be used as proof of military service. Only request information from an agency if the condition in the "If" column applies to the employee.
||Where to Secure
|The employee ever filed a claim for unemployment compensation based upon the military service
||State unemployment compensation office
|The employee was paid a bonus
||State Bonus Office
|The employee retired from Federal employment
Office of Personnel Management
Bureau of Retirement and Insurance
Employee Service and Records Center
Boyers, PA 16017
|The employee ever furnished the military service record to an employer
||Federal, State, local or private employer to whom a record of military service was furnished
|The employee ever filed a claim for Veteran's benefits of any kind
||Nearest Veteran's Affairs Regional Office
|The employee ever performed any service in the National Guard
||State Adjutant General
|The employee ever filed a claim for Social Security Act benefits and the military service involved was after September 6, 1939.
||Social Security Administration
If you are unable to locate any of the documents listed above, contact the nearest field office of the RRB. The people there will be glad to assist you.