You can request his military service records from the Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The website explaining how to request the records is https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Merchant Marine Personnel and Licensing Records in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26). The Merchant Marine Personnel and Licensing Records dated prior to 1968 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com. Include the name, date of birth, dates of service, "Z" number, and date of death, if known, in your request.
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