Write a letter to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. Cite the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, in the beginning of your letter. Include the soldier's information such as full legal name, serial number, unit information, branch of service, and dates of birth and death.
Your letter might resemble this example:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby make a request for the "Individual Deceased Personnel File" for my below listed family member who died or was killed in action while serving in the military during World War II.
Add this information beneath opening paragraph: name, military service number, unit and division, date of birth, date of death, branch of service.
Mail the letter to:
Human Resources Command
Attn: AHRC-PAO (FOIA), Room 7S65
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22331-0400
Processing time is usually six to nine months. As of 2010, the National Archives did not charge a copy fee to provide individual deceased personnel files to family members.
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