Reclaiming Savings Bonds held in military safekeeping

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
Categorized as: Lost or stolen US Savings Bonds

I purchased a few Savings Bonds when I was in the Marines in 1970 while at boot camp in San Deigo. I’ve lost track of them. How can I locate and cash them in?

Tom’s response

Do you remember having the bonds in your possession? If so, then my post How to recover lost Savings Bonds has step-by-step instructions for having them replaced, including a link to the form you’ll need.

However, if you don’t remember ever seeing the Savings Bonds and you purchased them through a military payroll savings plan, the Marines may still be holding your bonds for you.

The Department of Defense offers a program called military safekeeping to members of the armed services who are on active duty. The program allows the military to hold the bonds rather than having them mailed to you.

So if the Marines were holding your Saving Bonds in safekeeping for you and you’ve never clamied them, they should still have them. Click here for military safekeeping contact information.

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On November 19th, 2009 angel said:


I won a savings bond in a church contest in 1987 or 1988 when I was 3 or 4 yrs old. My mom has no clue where it is or who’s name it’s in. How do I locate it?


On November 19th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Angel – the info you’re looking for is here.

Tom Adams

On February 7th, 2010 Jonathan Gilbert said:

I purchased US Savings Bonds while in the US Army in 1984, why is it that I cannot find out where they are. I know I should have them but whoever i call or contact,they tell me that someone else has them in the system.

So tell me how do I get my savings Bonds.

On February 8th, 2010 Tom Adams said:

Jonathan – the only information I have is in the post above. If Military Safekeeping can’t find your bonds, you should file to have them replaced. Both a link to Military Safekeeping and a link to our page about how to recover lost bonds are in the text above.

Tom Adams

On February 19th, 2010 Willie Howard said:

I purchased US Savings Bonds while in the US Army in 1967. Why is it that I can not locate them. I have tried everything too find them, but am getting no where. I have a wife that is seriously ill and desperately need too find my bonds.

So can you please tell me how I can get my US Savings Bonds.

On February 22nd, 2010 Tom Adams said:

Willie – assuming you’re already contacted Military Safekeeping following the links at the top of this page, the next step is to file a claim to have lost Savings Bonds replaced.

Tom Adams

On February 26th, 2010 william long said:

when i was in the navy back in 1987 they asked if we wanted to buy savings bonds but i never got my when i left boot camp and never receved at any time when i was in the navy how can i see if i still have it and how do i get that to me at this time

On February 27th, 2010 Tom Adams said:

William – all the information you need is already on this page. If there’s something that’s not clear I’m happy to go into more detail, but so far it sounds like you’re asking questions but not listening to the answers.

Tom Adams

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Tom Adams

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