National Archives opens military records facility in St. Louis

Friday, October 14, 2011 | 7:52 a.m. CDT; updated 9:43 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — Elvis Presley, Charles Lindbergh, John Coltrane and Jackie Robinson all have something in common in St. Louis.

Their military records are now on file in the National Archives' new $115 million facility opening there Saturday. The National Personnel Records Center is one of 44 archives sites across the country, and houses millions of files for those who served in the military and civil service.

The records include open files on more than 500 "Persons of Exceptional Prominence."

Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said the St. Louis facility will be its largest outside of Washington. It is often visited by veterans and their families seeking military files. The National Archives at St. Louis receives as many as 5,000 requests a day.

An exhibit is open at the facility through March.


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