After 36 years, veterans, archvists still dealing with effects of records center fire | St. Louis Public Radio

After 36 years, veterans, archvists still dealing with effects of records center fire

St. Louis – In 1973, a five-alarm fire at the National Personnel Records Center in the St. Louis suburb of Overland destroyed the service records of some 17 million soldiers and airmen.

In addition to providing a written record of some of the most significant events in modern American history, service records are essential for veterans claiming government benefits.

KWMU's Adam Allington has the story.

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(All photos courtesy NPRC.)