1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 15, 2021 6:40 AM by Rachael Salyer Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Seeking Navy records & pictures of William Arthur Ray

    Robert Ray Wayfarer

      I have another brother, William Arthur Ray who was in the Navy and was a mechanic for the Blue Angels in about 1952 - 1956.  He was stationed in Pensacola and Corpus Christi.  I have tried contacting the Blue Angels for information but they don't respond.  Bill was born in 1930, but killed in traffic accident Thanksgiving day 1962.

        • Re: Seeking Navy records & pictures of William Arthur Ray
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Ray,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your brother’s 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.


          Please note that the "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in the individual's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.


          Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located 99 images related to the Blue Angels during the 1950s in the General Records of the Department of the Navy (Record Group 80) that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov for assistance with these and similar records. In your inquiry, please include as much information as possible, such as full name, dates of interest, locations of interest, and Navy unit number.


          We also located 50 moving image files related to the Blue Angels in the 1950s in various record groups that may be relevant to your research. Some of these files have been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at mopix@nara.gov for access to the non-digitized records.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSS and RDSM. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Finally, we suggest that you contact the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) for further assistance.


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