Military Records

Discharge papers (DD214’s) may be recorded for permanent records and certified to perfect claims. In order to obtain a certified copy the original document must be presented for recording. The DD214 must be recorded before military exemption is applied toward property tax reduction.

For a certified copy of a military record filed in Louisa County Click here. Fill out this form and return it to: Louisa County Recorder; PO Box 264; Wapello, IA 52653

If the DD214 Military Discharge has been misplaced or destroyed, a copy of your military records may be obtained by completing the Request Pertaining to Military Records form ( see site below) and submitting it to the appropriate location as shown on the back of the form.

Military Discharge form – Click here

Effective July 1, 2003 all military personnel records maintained by the county recorder will be confidential records. Unless otherwise provided by the veteran, the record shall not be made available, except to the veteran, the veteran’s immediate family, the veteran’s agent or personal representative duly authorized in writing, to a licensed funeral director who has custody of the body of the deceased veteran, when ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, when required by a department or agency of the federal or state government or a political subdivision thereof, or to a person requesting to examine or copy a record that occurred more than 75 years prior to the request.

There is no charge to record your military discharge DD214 or to receive a certified copy.