MILITARY SERVICE AND PENSION RECORDS
Information may be available from either STATE (UTAH) or FEDERAL sources. Please read the entire contents of this page to determine which sources may have what you are looking for.
UTAH MILITARY, SERVICE AND PENSION RECORDS
Utah State Archives Research Center holds a number of military records related to Utah veterans, including those of territorial militia, Utah National Guard, Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection and also copies of many, but not all federal discharges, mostly for World Wars I and II. Very few discharges are held for the time period after the Korean War. (See links below for a complete list of records)
You can search the holdings in several ways. One lists them by the "War or Conflict" and another lists them by "Military Service Records". The "record" listing has many interesting topics that do not stand out in the "War or Conflict" list, so it may be worth checking both. In either listing you can click on the blue series number for a detailed description. Series numbers not highlighted do not have a description available. Some are paper records, some are microfilm. They are available in Salt Lake City, UT at the Utah State Archives. Some of these records which contain data on individuals are private. Access to restricted records may be permitted under certain circumstances. Contact them here.
OTHER STATES MILITARY, SERVICE AND PENSION RECORDS
Most states have military veteran service records in state and county archives. Check with the state where the veteran was discharged. Many veterans had copies of their DD-214 discharge filed in the County Recorder's office where they were discharged.
FEDERAL MILITARY AND SERVICE RECORDS
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Paper copies of Federal military service records can be ordered by mail from the proper holding facility. For the latest information on Federal records click here. Federal Military Service Records in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. To order military service records use NATF Form 86.
Other Federal Military Service Records are located in the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.