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You may be able to request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) from the National Archives in St. Louis. This record series consists of Navy servicemen retired or discharged between 1886 and 1994. The files contain basic biographical information as well as military training and bases where they served. Often times they also include identification pictures and personal correspondence. Many of these records also contain a negative of their ID picture which we are happy to put onto a CD for you.
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 for no charge 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
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Photographs can contain clues as to the date they were taken. Uniforms, insignia, and decorations worn can suggest a range of dates of when the photograph was taken because the Navy (as do all the Services) had regulations that specified how sailors should be dressed--those regulations have dates.
Similarly, if enough of the ship is included in the photo, a reasonable guess as to the age of the picture can be made. The ship's configuration, weapons, even paint scheme, can all give clues as to when the picture was taken. Warships seldom looked the same throughout their careers, and visual details about the ship can give clues about the years the ship held the configuration suggested in your photo.