Carolyn - Received your reply....the morning reports have been used by veterans and families in the past to prove that a Purple Heart was deserved. However, I don't know if a Purple Heart will literally be replaced if lost.
Regarding the fees of the NPRC....The following is from the memorandem compiled by the NPRC effective Nov. 2007. Of course, information like this is rarely PUBLICIZED much, but here's what it says:
"In November, 2007, the National Personnel Records Center opened for the first time more than six million individual Official Military Personnel Files of former miltary personnelwho served in the United States Army, Army Air Corps, Army Air Force, Regular Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.These files pertain to individuals who left the service prior to 1948. Access to these records is granted by providing a complete copy of the file for a fee.
OMPF's are subject to the NARA's fee schedule that authorizes the Agency to collect fees from the public for copies of archived records. Copy fees for archived OMPF's are waivedfor veterans or next of kin if the records are needed to validate a benefit or entitlement.
The fee schedule for OMPF's is as follows:
1. OMPF of five pages or fewer: $20 2. OMPF of greater than five pages:$60 3. Persons of Exceptional Prominence: .75 cents per page 4. Copies of Individual OMPF docvuments copies in the Archival Research Room: .20 cents per page"
Hope this is some help in explaining the fee structure and policy of the NPRC....I don't work for the place, but am there about 20 hours per week.