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From: Connie Lenzen <>
Subject: Re: Lost military records
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 08:56:06 -0700
Many WWII soldiers took their discharge papers to their local county
clerk and had them recorded (for free). By recorded, this means a
copy of the discharge paper was made by the county.
The discharge papers are filed in a variety of ways. Some are in
"Miscellaneous Recordings." Some are in bound volumes with titles
that indicate they are veteran discharge papers.
Some states are restricting the use of these veteran discharge
papers. Hopefully, the state where your client's ancestor was living
after WWII is not one of those.
>I have a client who is trying to get benefits for her mother
>(Veteran's Aid and Attendance) who is a widow of a WWII army
>infantry soldier. She has been unable to get his records from
>Vetrecs, and I think they must have been destroyed (when records
>were lost in 1973). She does not have his service number.
>Does anyone have experience with the VA and know what they accept as
>a substitute for discharge papers? I know to look at the county to
>see if maybe he registered upon discharge. There also may be VA
>hospital records for him. I also know I can try to match where/when
>he is known by the family to have served with particular infantry
>units. But I'm not sure which, if any, of these the VA will accept
>as proof of service.
>Carolyn Ybarra, Ph.D.
>Family Research Services
>1017 El Camino Real, #332
>Redwood City, CA 94063
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Connie Lenzen, CGRS*
10411 SW 41st Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-6984
Connie's webpage: http://www.dialoregon.net/~clenzen/
*CGRS is a service mark of the Board For Certification of
Genealogists, Washington, DC and is used under license.
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