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Medals & Awards
Assistance for medals and awards may be directed to the Personnel Services Division Medals and Awards Branch (PSD-MA).  Call 1-202-795-6575 or 1-202-795-6522 or visit http://www.uscg.mil/psc/psd/m&a/.

For WWII U.S. Merchant Marine Awards and Decorations call 1-202-366-2646 or visit the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration's website.

CG Retirees who separated from the Coast Guard prior to 9-30-2006 have had their records printed in paper format and shipped to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) for storage. Instructions for getting copies of military records from the NPRC and other information is accessible at: https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/.

CG Retirees who separated from the Coast Guard on or after 9-30-2006 have had their records converted to a digital file and those records are maintained at CG Military Records until the CG Retiree is 62 years of age, when records are transferred to the NPRC. Instructions for getting copies of military records from CG Military records and other information is accessible at: http://www.uscg.mil/psd/mr/214.asp.

If you separated from the service and plan on filing a claim for medical benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you do not need to request a copy of your military records from the NPRC. The VA regional office handling your case will petition both NPRC and the VA Records Management Center for needed service and medical records to adjudicate your claim.
Last Modified 3/24/2016