IDPF Retainer Fee




Soldiers who were killed or died during their military service also have an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF), which documents their death and actions associated with the disposition of their remains. These files are housed at NARA St. Louis, Missouri.

The IDPF documents the processes of the military after a soldier’s death while in service. These files were not in St. Louis at the time of the fire but were housed at Fort Knox in Tennessee and recently moved to Missouri. Files with last name A-L are currently available to view at NARA St. Louis. The IDPF may include:

  • location and circumstances of death
  • medical examiner’s report
  • the soldier’s possessions at the time of death
  • burial or repatriation information
  • correspondence between the family and the government

Disclaimer: In order to get your research started, a retainer fee of $75 is required. This will allow us to fill in the needed forms and submit them at the archives. Depending on the size of the records that we receive, we will bill you for an extra amount. In the event that the soldier was KIA or died while in service, Footsteps Researchers will automatically order an OMPF.

* Only IDPF files with last names A-L are available for viewing and imaging in the Research Room in St. Louis. The files for M-Z are in St. Louis but not yet available to researchers… we hope they will be available in the near future.

  • Fewer than 40 pages: Retainer fee = $75
  • 40 to 100 pages: Retainer fee + $25 = $100
  • More than 100 pages: Retainer Fee + $50 = $150

Please bear in mind that requesting and receiving your files usually takes two to four weeks!











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