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Veterans Day Records at the National Archives

A Navy nurse attends the sick and wounded on stretchers on  the deck of the hospital ship USS Sanctuary moored in Da Nang Harbor,  South China Sea. The men are prepared for a medical evacuation by helicopter.
A Navy nurse attends the sick and wounded on stretchers on the deck of the hospital ship USS Sanctuary moored in Da Nang Harbor, South China Sea. The men are prepared for a medical evacuation by helicopter.

Each year, we acknowledge the work done and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. The National Archives and Records Administration is proud to serve veterans and their families, especially through our work at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. We are also proud to include many veterans among our staff. Find out how we help veterans access their records to receive benefits, read about the work our Preservation staff do to make these records accessible, watch historic films that our staff have restored and digitized about the experiences of veterans, and plan a visit to an exhibit or event near you.

 

Vietnam telegramVeterans’ Service Records

If you've been discharged from military service, your personnel files are stored here at the National Archives and Records Administration. 

Vietnam. Private First Class David Sletten, medic, Company B, !st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, paddles a three-man assault boat down the canal toward a breaking point during Operation Tong Thang I.Vietnam War Research Portal

The National Archives has a wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in the Vietnam conflict. 

Accordion

Remembering Vietnam Promo Video

“Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War” promotional video

Historic Videos

The True Glory, 1945 (restored)

Let There Be Light, 1946

Making of a Marine

The Lonely Eagles

Diary of a Sergeant, 1945

Welcome Home

A Special Day (Veterans Day 1963)

Veteran's Day PSA with John F. Kennedy

President Reagan's Remarks at a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery on November 11, 1985

President Clinton's Remarks at a Veterans' Day Ceremony (1993). President Clinton delivers remarks at the Veterans' Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.  

President Obama Honors Veterans

Additional Videos

In Honor of our Veterans: Caring for Our Heroes. A bipartisan panel discusses issues facing veterans, November 2015.

Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories. Vietnam veteran Donna Lowery discusses the participation of American military women during the Vietnam War.

Veterans Personnel Records at the National Archives, St. Louis. This Inside the Vaults video short illustrates the primary purpose of the National Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO—to preserve the nation's military personnel files in perpetuity and to make them available to veterans and other interested parties.

Vet Records Short Clip. Scott Levins, the Director of the National Personnel Records Center in St Louis, which houses individual Military Personnel Records, shares one of his stories about responding to requests for veterans' service records.

Records for Veterans: Gathering Evidence for Claims and Benefits. A presentation at the National Archives aimed at veterans and their families seeking documentation in support of a benefit or claim.

Image Resource

The War in Vietnam: A Story in Photographs

Prologue Articles

1 Archives Drive: Personnel Records Are Consolidated at New Location in St. Louis (Fall 2011)

20th-Century Veterans' Service Records: Safe, Secure—and Available (Spring 2005)

Caring for Veterans in the Nation’s Capital: Records of the U.S. Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C., 1851–1943 (Spring 2015)

The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (Spring 2004)

"I Am Still in the Land of the Living”: The Medical Case of Edson D. Bemis (Spring 2011)

Genealogical Records of the War of 1812 (Winter 1991)

National Archives News

Veteran Pilots Display Vietnam-Era Helicopters at National Archives

Combat Photographers talk about ‘Shooting’ the War in Vietnam

Archives Recalls Fire That Claimed Millions of Military Personnel Files

Combat Artists Share War Experience

Utah Honor Flight Veterans Visit National Archives’ “Remembering Vietnam” Exhibit

Hagel Brothers Share Vietnam War Story

Blogs

AOTUS: Veterans Day (2016)

Forward With Roosevelt: A Veterans Day to Remember: 11/11/42

Forward With Roosevelt: A First Lady on the Front Lines 

NARAtions: How to participate in the US National Archives’ Remembering WWI: A Guide for Local Institutions 

NARAtions: The Wartime Films Project: Remembering WWI

Pieces of History: From Armistice to Veterans Day

Pieces of History: From the Battlefield to the Oval Office: Presidents Who Were Veterans

Pieces of History: National Archives Remembers “Monuments Man” Harry Ettlinger

Pieces of History: Gerald Ford: President and Veteran

Pieces of History: New in Our Catalog: Famous Faces in the Military Veterans’ Military Records

Pieces of History: Burned and Brittle Records Are in Good Hands

Pieces of History: Veterans’ Military Records

Pieces of History: Surrender? Nuts!

Pieces of History: Minnie Spotted Wolf

Pieces of History: The Lost Battalion of World War I

Pieces of History: U.S. Entry into the War to End All Wars

Pieces of Histor: Remembering “A date which will live in infamy” 

Pieces of History: Gerald Ford: President and Veteran

Pieces of History: Vietnam and the Women Who Served

Rediscovering Black History: Remembering Those Who Served: A Tribute to Veterans

Rediscovering Black History: “And They Thought We Couldn’t Fight:”* Remembering the Nine Soldiers in a World War I Photograph

The Text Message: Towards a History of Mexican American Participation in World War I

The Text Message: The Blue Arrowhead 

The Text Message: Hometown Hero: Walker Kirtland Hancock, St. Louis’s Monuments Man 

The Text Message: The Last Box 

The Text Message: Stories of American Escapees from Prisoner of War Camp 59, Servigliano, Italy

The Unwritten Record: Newly Digitized Series: Initial Burial Plats for World War I American Soldiers

The Unwritten Record: World War II Veteran Lloyd Heller Shares Details About Production of 1943 Tank Training Film

The Unwritten Record: Remembering the Vietnam War this Veterans Day

The Unwritten Record: Spotlight on Veterans: Navy Women in Parachute Rigger Training

The Unwritten Record: A Brief Look At African American Soldiers in the Great War 

The Unwritten Record: Photographs of Military Mascots in WWI 

The Unwritten Record: A Worthy Resting Place: American Military Cemeteries Overseas 

The Unwritten Record: The Women of World War I in Photographs

In commemoration of Veterans Day, the National Archives History Office conducted a series of oral history interviews with veteran National Archives employees.

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