Whether you're getting records just to prove you were at Takhli or if you need them to help with a disability claim you can get them (or a lot of them) from the National Archives.---
*GETTING YOUR MILITARY PERSONNEL RECORDS*
Several months ago I tried to get a complete set of my military personnel records to use for my disability claim through ebenefits.gov. After four attempts they sent me an email that said a lot (me included) or most Vietnam era veteran's records are only available from the National Archives. Don't assume the VA and even your VSO will obtain all of your records. They may not give you a copy or a complete copy of what they do have. Get your own set of records. That way you know what's in them. You may find some very good stuff in them that you can submit as evidence to support your disability claim if you have one in process or plan on filing one.. Know for yourself what records about your military service are available.
To order a free copy of your military service records go to the National Archives website http://www.archives.gov/ and follow the link to Request Military Service Records. There's a form (SF-180) there you can print, fill out requesting your records, and then you mail it in. There's no fee required. There's an online short way link for ordering them but it looks like it's mostly to get just things like a DD-214. You want more than just that. I suggest you print and fill in form SF-180 and and mail it. It takes a while to get anything back. In my case I waited two months before I received anything. I didn't get back anything too useful but a letter was included that said there are/may be additional misc records available for me but they didn't send them to save printing costs and the labor to do it ( I do agree that they are pretty busy busy there) . It further said that if I did want those additional records that I was to write a short letter requesting them . Again no fee required. I did that and asked for all my records that they had in my file.
** After three more months of waiting I figured there must have not been any more in my file to send me. I then received a large envelope that contained a bunch of records I had never seen before. In my case, there was no pay or medical records sent to me but there was some very good stuff in them that I submitted to the VA (through my VSO). Those new records offered proof of what I had made written and verbal statements about in my claim process. One of the items was a copy of my Air Force commedation medal citation. It placed me on the flightline. Also included was copies of a few performance reports which referenced my flightline duties. Get your own set of records. You may find some very good evidence information in them.
***This is what I got back after initially requesting my records through ebenefits.gov.
--Your request for Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) Information has been processed. However, unfortunately your record is not held in the Service's digital image OMPF repository database. It is recommended that you initiate a request for your OMPF information to the National Archives National Personnel Records Center
(NPRC) using this eVetRecs website at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html
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