Friday, March 25, 2016

Following A Paper Trail

About a year ago I requested my uncle's Individual Deceased Personnel File, or IDPF.  I wanted a better understanding of his military service in Vietnam, information on how he died, and what it took to get his body back home.  As I pour over each page, I have begun to do just that.

Military documents are very thorough and I am learning so much as I study each detail.  I get consumed with every itemized statement and travel voucher.  Is it really important that the military paid $500 to the funeral home for my uncle's funeral?  It is to me.

In my five years of doing research on my family tree I have realized that each person has their own story and I want to know as much as I can.  Every line of every page in this IDPF is a story.  This is my uncle's story.

It has been the most interesting and the most haunting research I have done so far.

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