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From: "Richard Pence" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Re: Lost military records
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 22:05:24 -0400
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An incentive to veterans to have their discharges recorded (WW II and Korea,
perhaps others) was the bonus paid by many states. After my discharge in the
1950s I took my papers to the court house for recording -and in return the
state sent me a check for $640! The discharge summary sheet was stamped to
show that the bonus had been paid so you couldn't take the paper to another
county for another check!
Note that the papers could be recorded in the county where you lived after
being discharged rather than the one lived in before enlistment.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Connie Lenzen" <>
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 11:56 AM
Subject: [APG] Re: Lost military records
> 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.
> Connie Lenzen
> >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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> 10411 SW 41st Avenue
> Portland, OR 97219-6984
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