United Spanish War Veteran Membership Medal
Maybe you have a picture or a rumor that has been passed down that your
Great Great Grandfather or Great Great Grand Uncle served during the War.
What you will need to do, is start off with what you know and backtrack documenting that connection to that ancestor.
Now that you have proven what unit he served with.
Let’s find out more. To learn more you will need to order his service and pension files, both are a combined goldmine of information.
Both need to be ordered from the National Archives in Washington D.C.
You can ask for a request for a search of these records, so long as you have Name, Regt, Co. and dates of service; i.e. enlistment, discharge.
Your Ancestor’s service file can be searched for free by obtaining NATF Form 86 for the military service file and NATF Form 85 for his pension file. You won’t be charged if they don’t find anything. Again the Search is free.
You will be just paying for the copies of the documents.
The pension files search can now be ordered online;
Be sure you have the full name of Ancestor,date of birth,death,place of birth,place of death, wife’s name and full info on unit served with.
Now if you want to get a copy of his full-service file, you will have to obtain a copy of NARA Form 86:
They will send you the form to you for free,
right to your mailbox.
Just got to fill out an online form. That goes the same if you don’t want to file a request search online for the pension you could the order NATF Form 85 instead and fill that out, but the online search might be quicker. Here’s the online form for the request of forms, you may need NATF 86:
Request 2 copies of the form; just in case you mess up.
Make sure you request the FULL Pension file, not the packet. As you will get much more in the full file.
Now the cost will come later but is well worth it.
Here is the link to request an online search through NARA for his pension file:
NARA Search Online Request for Pension File