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Opening of Military Personnel Records

Opening of Military Personnel Records and Archival Research Room at National Archives in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO . . . At 11 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2005, the National Archives National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis formally opened the records of Charles Lindbergh, President John F. Kennedy, General George S. Patton, Steve McQueen, Clark Gable, and Jackie Robinson, among others.

For the first time, nearly 1.2 million official military personnel files of former US Navy and Marine Corps enlisted personnel who served between 1885 and 1939 are open to the public. This first opening also includes 150 "persons of exceptional prominence", including former Presidents, famous military leaders, celebrities, entertainers and professional athletes who served in the military and have been deceased for at least 10 years.

Guided tours of the National Personnel Records Center offer an opportunity to see areas that have never been opened to the public before, including record storage and stack areas, the Preservation Lab and a new archival research room.

The National Archives National Personnel Records Center is located 9700 Page Avenue, in suburban north St. Louis County. The public and the media must present photo identification and allow extra time on arrival to complete security screening. Non-flash photography/video will be allowed in designated areas only.

For more information on this facility and its holdings, see the NARA website at


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