I am trying to find information on my great grandfather he served in WW2 on USS Rowe DD 564 Rand was radioman 1st class he had a honorable discharge his name was Von T Welker

I am trying to find information on my great grandfather he served in WW2 on USS Rowe DD 564 Rand was radioman 1st class he had a honorable discharge his name was Von T Welker it would be nice to know more details and why he was discharged etc but I cannot find anything

  • Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    One way to begin researching your great-grandfather’s service, including possible reasons for his discharge, would be via his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). The OMPFs of enlisted personnel of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service between 1885 and February 1, 1994, and officers who were separated between 1902 and February 1, 1994 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. You may apply for access online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

    Alternately, you can download Standard Form 180 (SF-180) and send in your request via postal mail. To download an SF-180 please visit our website at the following: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf

    For a complete copy of a personnel file, in Section II, on the line for "Other" (Specify), write "Complete copy of every page of personnel file - not an extract."

    Mr. Welker’s OMPF will also contain more precise dates for when he served aboard the USS Rowe (DD-564). Once you have that information, you may email us at archives2reference@nara.gov for more information regarding the ship’s records, including deck logs (brief records of the daily administrative activities of a ship, including location and course of travel, disciplinary procedures, and any unusual events), action reports (reports related to direct combat action with enemy forces during World War II), and muster rolls (crew rosters). Together with his OMPF, these may help paint a broader picture of his time in the Navy.

    We invite you to continue the conversation with community members on History Hub, but should you have follow up questions for the staff at Archives II, please email us at archives2reference@nara.gov so that we can assist you further. 

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