Edward - In a way you provided the answer to the dilemma of waitingmonths for military records. Actually, Bob doesn't live in St. Louis, but I do and I've spent the last three days at the Records Center copying Morning Reports. Going to the Center is THE way to find information as Bob has done so successfully and Bob is terrific at finding what he needs. Appointments in the Research Room are required - in most cases. While at the research room I am continually amazed at the non-stop trail of people that arrive daily to request records. I guess 50-60 people a day request their discharge papers, medical records, etc.. There is one receptionist to take those requests. The truly amazing thing is that many people have the records in their possession within two hours and go home happy.The biggest problem that the Center has is the 7000 requests that are received daily for records.That's the reason for the dealy - and believe me - I'm no apologist for govt. bureacracies - and the Records Center personnel certainly deserve some of the criticism directed at them. With all of that said, the best and quickest way to get records is to request them in person and I realize that's not realistic for most people. Contacting your state representative or Congressman can oftentimes help immensely in obtaining records, but not always. Just a few ideas for thought.