I never enlisted, but I have had the honor of knowing some great and honorable men and women that did. It is the only real regret of my life.If you signed a blank check to our country, up to giving your life, then you stand with all of us and cast that shadow.
Navy Seabees 72-98
they would have to get access to his C file. In addition, some things might be redacted if its not been declassified.I'll just say this, regardless of whatever clandestine mission or any other such things, if said vet was a POW held in a camp by the VC or NVA, or he was held captive for a period and escaped, he would be catalogued. Period.
Best way to find out, is to look at his DD214 or get his name, SSN/service number, and request a records search from the Army. But like I said, if he is not listed in an official record, it probably didn't happen.
As in his VA C-file? What would be classified in his C File?C file.
I've never in 25 years experienced anything where the Army didn't know where I was or when I went to the clinic or pretty much anything else. Now, at the end of service, if one doesn't ensure his/her records are straight, then that's on them.The military can't even get records correct about simple things, such as where you deployed, what you went to the doctor for, where equipment went, etc
My DD214 mentions not one single word about the other two career fields I was in before I went into SATCOM. 24 years & 7 days in service, call it two years for 6 weeks of Basic, 9 weeks of tech school #1, and about 16 months as a F-111D aircraft mechanic. Just about exactly 10 years as a photographer, and the last 12 years & 5 months were actually in SATCOM. Air Force, not Army, but I enlisted during the war in Vietnam, and retired late in 1997. Most of my records were on paper, some of which I got back when I retired, but not all of them made it into the computers. They had a fire in the NPRC records storage area about 3 months before I enlisted, so I really can't see any excuse for that. I can readily believe that paper records never made it there, however, and for folks who were in on the early part of the Vietnam war, it could have been true. Military Records and “the Records Fire”As in his VA C-file? What would be classified in his C File?
Or are you talking about his OMPF?
At any rate, if he was a POW at any point, there would be record of it and that would be accessible. Being a POW is not a classified thing. Reasons for capture might, but POW status is not a secret.
I've never in 25 years experienced anything where the Army didn't know where I was or when I went to the clinic or pretty much anything else. Now, at the end of service, if one doesn't ensure his/her records are straight, then that's on them.
Mine do. I have 3 DD214's because of breaks in service or NG time. My retirement one has all my prior MOS's.My DD214 mentions not one single word about the other two career fields