Can you provide more information on your father? DOB, place of birth. Here is what I have found. Looks like she was a postmaster.
Name: James Rea Gender: Male Age: 26 Birth Date: abt 1920 Marriage Date: 14 Jan 1946 Marriage Place: Chambers, Alabama, USA Father: Render Rea Mother: Phillip Finley Spouse: Rosie Lee Spence
James Maurice Rea DOB 11-29-1918 in Greeley, Colorado. (Eaton, Co)
He married my mother on 1-19-1946 in Rome, Italy. Her name was Elena Inez Boni.
What other information would be helpful to you?
Thanks so much!
Here is the information based on what you gave me. Looks like he was awarded the BSM or Bronze Star Medal Here is where he is buried https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57755083/james-m.-rea
Name: James Maurice Rea Gender: Male Birth Date: 29 Nov 1918 Death Date: 23 Oct 1994 Enlistment Branch: ARMY Enlistment Date: 4 Feb 1943 Discharge Date: 18 Sep 1946
Thanks Elliot. The info you provided is correct, that is my father. The information I am looking for is his marriage documentation. He was married while in the military, so expected that would be documented somewhere in his military record? Is that not correct? Maybe I do need to seek Italian civil records for this information.
Any help in pointing me in the proper direction would be appreciated. Thanks Again.
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Dear Ms. Levy,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Subject and Policy Files, 1906 - 1957 in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that include the file Re. Entry of European War Brides of American Soldiers. For information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located General Correspondence, 1943 - 1947 in the Records of Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States Army (Record Group 492) that may include some information about war brides from Italy. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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There should be an A-File for Elena Inez Boni Rea and it may include a copy of their marriage certificate. A copy of her A-File may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program. Please submit an Index Search request to USCIS Genealogy to begin the request process.
U.S. Army Transport Service passenger lists of military personnel and their dependents from 1941 to 1946 are still in the legal custody of the Army. For access to these records, please contact Joyce Luton, Director, Records Management Directorate, 9301 Chapek Road, Building 1458, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. The telephone number is (571) 515-0213. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please request the name of the facility, transfer numbers, and box numbers.
You also may wish to search the Antenati: Italian Digital State Archives and FamilySearch Italy Online Genealogy Records websites for information about how to obtain a copy of their marriage license from local officials in Rome, Italy.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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Lisha, thank you so much for this information. This is a great help! Thanks again.