3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 20, 2021 2:11 PM by Jenette Parish

    I am looking for service information on my my great uncle

    Wayne Miller Newbie

      I am looking for military service information on my great uncle Paul Boul.  He served in the US Navy, probably in the 1940s or early 1950s.  I believe he was from Illinois.  I know this is not much to go on, but was hoping that since it does not seem to be common name, something might be found.

        • Re: I am looking for service information on my my great uncle
          Eric Kilgore Adventurer

          Dear Wayne Miller,

           

          A precursory search of Ancestry yielded the following:

           

          Name:Paul Antony Boul
          Gender:Male
          Birth Date:12 Jun 1933
          Death Date:10 Jun 1985
          Enlistment Branch:NAVY
          Enlistment Date:17 May 1951
          Discharge Date:17 May 1954
          Page number:1

           

           

          Under normal circumstances, you are most welcome to request a copy of your great uncle's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).  The Official Military Personnel Files are in the custody of the National Personnel Record Center / National Archives at St. Louis.  However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our limited workforce, we are prioritizing requests from veterans and their families for medical emergencies, final military honors, and other essential benefits.  Currently, there is a substantial backlog of routine requests, in addition to the emergency requests awaiting response.  While it is still unknown how soon we will able to resume responding to routine requests,  the National Personnel Record Center is working hard and taking an aggressive approach to decreasing response times and eliminating the backlog.  Please understand, that your request will be placed into a queue for non-emergency requests until such time as we are able to process it.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

           

           

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          • Re: I am looking for service information on my my great uncle
            Elliot Schneider Ranger

            Wayne,

             

            Here is some information below, Here is where he is buried  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81291549/paul-anthony-boul

             

            Name:Paul A Boul
            Death Age:51
            Birth Date:12 Jun 1933
            Service Start Date:17 May 1951
            Service End Date:17 May 1954
            Death Date:10 Jun 1985
            Internment Date:13 Jun 1985
            Internment Place:Missouri, USA
            Cemetery Address:2900 Sheridan Road St. Louis, MO 63125
            Cemetery:Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
            Plot:Section Y Site 1396
            Notes:Bt3 Us Navy Korea

             

            Name:Paul Antony Boul
            Gender:Male
            Birth Date:12 Jun 1933
            Death Date:10 Jun 1985
            Enlistment Branch:NAVY
            Enlistment Date:17 May 1951
            Discharge Date:17 May 1954
            Page number:1
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            • Re: I am looking for service information on my my great uncle
              Jenette Parish Adventurer

              Hello Mr. Miller,

               

              Thank you for posting your question on the History Hub.  Here are a few additional links below to research your military ancestor.

               

              Introduction to Military Records Research

               

              National Archives Genealogy

              Know your Records on YouTube.

              Tips to use Ancestry.com

              NARA - Types of available Navy Records

               

              You may search for your military ancestors on the census records on familysearch.org for free after you create a login account. The family search wiki page is great to search genealogy information. Search the wiki for your state or Navy to find excellent genealogy links. Vital records are held by each state, not by the National Archives  

               

              Ancestry.com and fold3.com are subscriptions but they also contain military records. You may have free access at your local library. Please call ahead to make sure they have access. There may be online access as well.

               

               

              After you find enough information, you may order military records from WWI forward with EVETRECS. There are significant delays with ordering. See notification below.

               

               

              Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC has been closed and only completing emergency requests.  As of March 8, 2021, the NPRC entered into a phased expansion of our onsite workforce.  While we continue to increase our on-site staffing, we are still servicing requests associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter.  Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until we return to pre-COVID staffing levels.

               

              I hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research.

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