Dear Ms. Holley,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Military Service Records for those Navy servicemen who served prior to 1886 are located at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Military Service Records, or what is now called the Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs), for Navy servicemen retired or discharged between 1886 and 1994 are held at the National Archives in St. Louis. These records are releasable to the public when the date of separation becomes 62 years from today’s date. You may request these OMPFs to view in our Research Room or complete an SF-180 form and send it to the following address:
National Archives and Records Administration
National Archives at St. Louis
PO Box 38757
St. Louis, MO 63138
Once you know the ships/units they served in, please post your request on History Hub!
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