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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries, 1/1941 - 12/1980 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that may include the Benjamin R. Preston for 1941-1945. Some of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who were separated from service after 1904 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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Would you like to share more information. I found a couple of Benj Preston, one was in the Army and the other was too old to be him. Was his father's name the same.
Need a place of birth and the date and if possible his burial date and location.
A little background on Benjamin. He was my father in law’s biological father and we know very little about him. His mom, Louise, was working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard when she met Benjamin and my FIL was born out of wedlock. We have his dad’s name, Benjamin Robert Preston, and we know he was a marine stationed at the shipyard in 1944. Rumor has it that after Louise was married in 1950, her husband was stationed in California and she saw Benjamin at that base on guard duty one day as she was entering. So I’m trying to follow Benjamin’s military trail in hopes it will lead me to a date and place of birth to be able to start researching him better.
Thank you so much for your interest and for trying to help!
Can you give your father in laws name and date of birth? does he have a birth certificate?
My Father in Law is John Robert Nicholas. DOB 1/14/1945.
We have sent for his original birth certificate as we only have his adopted one but have not received it yet. His mother’s maiden name was Hoyt.