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Here is some information for individual you are seeking. Here is where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/124750684/joseph-oliver-varnell
Name: Joseph Oliver Varnell Rank: Bm2/C Birth Date: 29 May 1898 Service Number: 1340221 Service Branch: Navy Ship: U. S. S So. Dakota U S S Martha Washington Enlistment Date: 31 Jan 1917 Discharge Date: 28 Jan 1921 Death Date: 12 Jan 1965 Cemetery: Forest Park Lawn Dale Cemetery Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Thanks, Elliot! This was my Grandfather. I had several family members who served in the Navy during different wars. I am trying to track down where they were, during their time in service.
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Dear Ms. Garcia,
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 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.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, ca. 1801 - 1940 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes the deck logs of the USS South Dakota for 7 May 1917 to 11 June 1920 and the USS Martha Washington ((SP-3019) for 2 January 1918 to 18 November 1919. For more information about the non-digitized logs, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
There are 3 record series (XC files) in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) at the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) that include claims files relating to veterans of WWI. These records were transferred to the National Archives in 1952 and 1955 from the VA. Please email RL-SL at firstname.lastname@example.org with full details about the file you are seeking.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!