Obtaining information on an individual U.S. veteran can often be a difficult task, especially if that veteran died during or after service in any of America’s conflicts. The Individual Deceased Personnel File, or I.D.P.F., which is housed at the National Archives, offers access to extensive records about certain veterans who have been killed or died while serving the country. Additionally, these records provide invaluable context following the 1973 fire at the National Archives when various military service records of veterans were destroyed, making it difficult to trace their service history. An I.D.P.F usually consists of key data regarding the particular veteran, such as information on their rank and position held while serving in addition to details concerning how they were treated following death and any pertinent correspondence with family members relating to burial arrangements. By accessing these files available through our service, researchers are able to piece together a fuller and more accurate narrative surrounding a veteran’s life and service in order pay tribute to them in a meaningful way.
What is an I.D.P.F?
When a serving member of the military was killed or declared legally dead, the military compiled a file for that individual. Each IDPF is as unique as the person it documents. Expect World War II IDPF records, our focus in this post, to be several dozen pages or longer.
Information in these files usually includes name, date and place of birth, date and place of death or disappearance and enlistment date and place.
Additional information may include training records and qualifications; service records; ranks or ratings, plus pay grades and promotions; courts martial; insurance beneficiaries; disposition of the body; notifications and correspondence with next of kin (NOK), family members, and beneficiaries; inventories of personal effects; even fingerprints.
Army and Army Air Corps I.D.P.F.’s for WWII and the Korean War are available for veterans last names A-L
Many KIA Vietnam veterans have a ‘Mortuary File’ which is essentially the later version of the I.D.P.F.
Air Force I.D.P.F.’s are currently available for the years 1947-1973
Marine Corps I.D.P.F.’s are currently available for the period 1940-1989
Navy I.D.P.F.’s are currently available for the years 1907-1989
I.D.P.F.’s for the period 1915-1939 are called ‘WWI Burial Files’ and can be requested as well.
We locate the necessary files and scan it page by page to be viewed in its original form. Afterward, we send an invoice via email to the requester so that they can pay with a credit/debit card or Paypal. Once payment is confirmed, we will email the scanned case files directly to you, giving you access to detailed information about the veteran’s service record
* A $100.00 deposit is required to initiate search*
**There is a nonrefundable 20% fee for research time**