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I believe you can request his military records thru the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC).
You will have to complete a form labeled SF-180.
I got the Form as you suggested. I'm going to fill it out and send it in. I need a little information that I believe my 95 year old Mother should be able to supply. I think I'll get her info while I'm at it. She was a Chief Yeoman at the pentagon Thanks for the suggestion.
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Since he was in the US Navy, his record will be at the NPRC. The military files that were lost in a fire back in 1973 were US Army and some Army Air Corp.
Take the suggestion and search for him on the WWII Navy Rosters, but you may not find him there. My Dad was in the Navy before the war, during and after. But he was assigned to a fighter squadron,so not part of ship's company. Since he was a photographer Mate, he might have been assigned to a reconnaissance wing.
You could also request his DD214 from your state's Adjutant General's office. They would have a copy of all service Pers. that live in the state. I was able to go to my Town's Veteran's agent to request a copy of my Uncles.
Lastly, If your Uncle received any VA benefits, they would have a copy of his DD214 as well. Again I did this for an Uncle and was able to get his discharge papers that the NPRC did not have. With their help I was able to get a set of replacement medals for his daughter.
That is correct, all military record requests are processed by the Military Personnel Records at the NPRC in St Louis. Something to be aware of though is that there is a possibility his record might have been lost in the 1973 fire. Be prepared to have some service information, such as date of separation, ready for the assisting technicians to help expedite their research. These include knowing the branch and dates of service.
NPRC contact information:
National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
You can also request a DD214 online from the archives.gov website:http://http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Since your father was a sailor, take a look on Ancestry - available at all NARA locations as well as many public libraries - at the WWII muster rolls for his name. You can often track a sailor, where they were each month, through those!
I found another very helpful link. It is a "Form Wizard" for military records. You may not have All of the answers. Answer as many as you can. You may need to interview a relative who has an answer you need. Obviously, the more you fill in the better the results. Here's the link: Start Your Military Service Record (DD Form 214) Request