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Replacing a Lost DD-214:
The National Archives and Records Administration is the official depository for records of military personnel separated from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. If you have lost or misplaced your Official Discharge Papers, aka DD-214’s, and if you have recorded it with the County Recorder’s Office, you may obtain a certified replacement copy from the Recorder at no cost to you.
If you have not recorded your DD-214 with the County Recorder, you may obtain an official copy by contacting the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records at: 9700 Page Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63123-5100. Or you can click on this link http://www.archives.gov/research_room/vetrecs/
Please note that a fire at the NPRC in St. Louis on July 12, 1973 destroyed about 80% of the records for Army personnel discharged between November 1, 1912 and January 1, 1960. About 75% of the records for Air Force personnel with surnames from “Hubbard” through “Z” discharged between September 25, 1947 and January 1, 1964 were also destroyed. If you should learn that your records have been lost in the fire, you may send photocopies of any documents that you possess to the NPRC, particulary separation documents. The NPRC will add these documents to the computerized index and file them permanently.
Attention Veterans: DD214 Recording
The Ohio Revised Code (Sec. 317.24) allows you to safeguard your discharge papers by filing them in the County Recorder’s Office. This service is free of charge to you. The original documents or a Veteran’s Administration certified copy may be filed Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. These documents can also be mailed to:
Cuyahoga County Records Management
Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office
Transfer and Recording Division
2079 E 9th Street, #4-100
Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
DD-214 forms are used to document military service in a number of cases including the following:
Protect your important military papers by filing with the Cuyahoga County Recorder.