Want to see if an relative of yours received an army medal for heroism? The Department of Defense will refuse to even look, claiming that all the records were consumed in a fire at a military personnel records center in St. Louis in 1973. There is but one problem with that story: one Viet Nam vet has already assembled what appears to be a nearly complete list from other records stored at the National Archives and Records Administration.
“That fire is the biggest dodge,” said Doug Sterner. “Anyone who says this can’t be done simply doesn’t have the will to do it.”
You can read the full story in an article by Chris Carroll in the Stars and Stripes at http://goo.gl/MNZa8.
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