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According to my records it states that "FSSD" stands for Foreign Service Selection Date.
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Thanks, that's a great start. I would really like to know what that selection date means.
For example, is that the date when combat deployment ended? Or when the individual returned to the US? It was definitely towards the end of my family member's time in Korea.
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Dear Mr. Medlin,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Air Force who were separated from the service after 1946 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Or you may apply online at https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests
We were unable to locate an Air Force acronym for FSSD, but the Army defines it as Foreign Service Selection Date. According to the, Air Force Manual, Volume 35, Issue 11, United States. Dept. of the Air Force, Department of the Air Force., 1958, “Generally, the FSSD is the date the person arrived within the continental limits of the United States after completion of a foreign service tour of duty.” For more information on this topic, please visit the Google Book ebook version of this manual for free.
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Thank you so much! That is super helpful; especially the citation and the link to the ebook version! I'll leave this here as anecdotal for anyone finding this thread with similar questions about Korean War DD-214:
1. My relative's FSSD is 17 April 1954 which based on this answer I believe is return to US from Korea.
2. The dd-214 has 11 months 7 days credit for foreign service
3. I have photographic evidence of my relative in Korea as far back as December 1952
4. I have a reliable, 1st person account of my relative as far back as October 1952
There are at least two possibilities of the time discrepancy:
1. The foreign service credit ended with the armistice on 27 July 1953. That would indicate an August 1952 arrival date in Korea that matches my evidence.
2. My relative did not get credit for hospitalization in Japan. So far, I have no documentation for that period, so I can't verify or discount that option. I hope the ebook that Holly linked will explain the foreign service credit and how that is affected by hospitalization, R&R and return travel to the US.