Dear Mr. Atoms,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
His next-of-kin may be listed in his personnel record. Personnel records of Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers are available upon request by completing a GSA SF 180 and mailing it to the Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support, ATTN: Records Officer, 1101 Wooton Parkway, Plaza Level, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20852.
We suggest contacting the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or by calling the HHS Toll Free Call Center at 1-877-696-6775. Or by contacting the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
here are the Draft card and links to Dr. David Karp (all from ancestry.com):
U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: David Karp Gender: Male Birth Date: 22 Sep 1908 Death Date: 28 Oct 1986 SSN: 011366694 Enlistment Branch: USPH Enlistment Date: 1 Jan 1943 Discharge Date: 31 Mar 1946 Page number: 1
From an orbituary in The Boston Globe, Boston; Wednesday, October 29, 1986; page 54
Name: David Karp Gender: Male Death Age: 78 Birth Date: abt 1908 Residence Place: Quincy Death Date: Abt 1986 Burial Date: 30 Oct Obituary Date: 29 Oct 1986 Obituary Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Spouse: Leona Child:
Siblings: Ida Silverman
I could not read the orbituary in full, but maybe there was more information about grandchildren. Since his death is already 36 years ago you might need to look also for grandchildren.
Information for the dog tags can be found here:
Thank you all! I found the son of Dr. Karp by locating Dr. Karp's historical address and looking for his children by name in the area. I randomly called someone and it was the son. Dr. Karp was a USPHS Pediatrician from Boston. He was deployed to Delaware to serve with the Coast Guard during WW2. After a long and fulfilling career, Dr. Karp died in 1986. His children are still alive and it was nice to speak with them, verify the family, and return these dog tags to his family. Thank you all for your help.