1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 5, 2018 9:06 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Questions about WWII Naval Discharge Papers


      Why do WW2 Naval separation papers show USNR for service members making it appear they were in US Navy reserves when they were active duty? The separation documents and certificates often have USNR by the name or after their rank. It appears at first that they were discharged from the reserves although they clearly had active war time service.

        • Re: Questions about WWII Naval Discharge Papers
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Johnson,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          Thus an explanation according to our Navy experts: if the veteran joined the Navy (Regular), they are obligated to served four years of active duty. If the veteran decided to join the Naval Reserve, they are obligated to serve six years with 2 years as active duty and four years on ready reserve to be called up.  During World War II, the Naval Reserves were called up, hence why they looked like they were on active duty. When they separated from the Navy after the war, they went back to reserve status.

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