Military records destroyed in fire

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Zi lS. Lorn' a Center Vl(l-A 1 I 5L ? . M St B 1 i4 Military Records Destroyed in Fire A lieui'untcr Hovers over a tire racing through the , tire tnal has extensively damaged the two-block long fifth and sixth floors of the U.S. Military Personnel ; storage house for g 6 v e r n m en t documents. (UP! Ixecords Center in St. Louis. Hundreds of thousands of Telepholo) military personnel records have been destroyed in the ! By DAI.K SIMGKIi ST. LOUTS (UP1) - A Hie m Hip gigantic U.S. military personnel records center Thursday destroyed hundreds of thousands of the records of 5fi million U.S. servicemen and veterans. The fire hroke out a lew; minutes alter midnight on the top floor of the six-story building in suburban Overland. Fire-, men poured water for hours into the smoldering structure containing stacks of records packed in cardboard boxes. The records are used by present or past service personnel for Veterans Administration! and Social Security benefits, discharge certificates and other! purposes. Center ofticials said' some were irreplaceable. The building contained re-! cords of Sfi million members and former members of all branches of the military, including the reserves. Ma.j. Deane 11. Lnoney of the center said. ! A Defense Department spokesman in Washington said the files were primarily of men and women who had retired from the armed services, had been discharged or had died. FBI agents were investigating Ihe possibility of arson. One "enter employe said small fires hat were the work Four firemen suffered minor injuries in the fire. The 50 employes working overnight were evacuated safely, The lire apparently started in the sixth-floor storage area where boxes of records were kept. The floor was used primarily for files dated back over 25 years. "They are tentatively identified as World War T and predominantly Navv World War II records," a Defense Depart, menl spokesman said, Spokesmen said no pay records for personnel now in the armed forces and no armed forces active duty files appeared to be involved. Col. Leonard Reed, chief of news for the Army in Washington, said: "There are all kinds of records stored there. Some of them are Ihe full file copies of Army personnel. These are not duplicated." Peggy Dolman, a personnel clerk who works on Ihe sixth1 floor, said, "It's going lo he a, OUSTER SOUGHT NEWTON, Miss. (AP) - An- I unsuccessful candidate for may-i or of Newton filed suit Thursday asking that veteran Mayor ,1. E. ' McMullan be ousted from office on grounds he violated laws! hell of a joh reconstructing those records, If can be done through the VA (Veterans Administration) if the people had gone there for anything, hut a lot of them haven't." Information on hand al the center is used in handling requests for replacement of discharge certilicat.es, furnishing records to the VA for adjudication of claims, verifying military service (or Social Security benefits, and similar purposes. The six-story building is about two blocks long and one block wide and is of concrete and steel construction, At the time of its opening in 1956, it was rated as one of the 20 largest in the world and second only to the Tentagon in Washington in floor space. TMMEFTY Discount Liquor and Wines INSTANT Drive-ln Service As Ahnut Our Frnx "Winn ot fhg Mnnth Cluh" FREE DELIVERY sum;vi;ioiu 865-8408 - 686-6373 BOSSIER 742-976S

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  1. The Times,
  2. 13 Jul 1973, Fri,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 6

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