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Hello Mr. Neal,
Thank you for contacting the History Hub!
Records cannot be altered once they have become Archival. However there is likely that both names in appear in the files the National Archives has on record for him.
His Navy Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) from the National Archives in St. Louis is considered Archival and releasable to the public due to his date of death. We recommend submitting Request Pertaining to Military Records form to the St. Louis location to begin an inquiry. You may also request a burial case file for him as well. When you submit your request, please list both names and indicate which is the name you’ve found in the lists as well as a note that he had been buried at sea.
National Archives and Records Administration
National Archives at St. Louis
PO Box 38757
St. Louis, MO 63138
Best of luck with your research!
Thank you very much - I will follow your suggestions and IF I succeed - I will make the attempt to let you know!
Just to update on this. I submitted a DD-149 to Dept of Veterans Affairs last week with my "evidence" and attachments to hopefully show that my grandfather enlist and died at sea and was buried at sea under an assumed identity. Hoping to get some type of response for the VA in 2020!
Update to my update - January 26, 2020 - Still waiting for any response to my submission to the Dept of Veteran's Affairs DD-149
This DD149 you sent should have been sent to the Naval Corrections Board. The Department of Veterans Affairs will not respond and cannot make changes to military records. Please resubmit to the correct agency on the form.
Since starting the process to rectify my Grandfather's WWII records - and with information and guidance from Holly Rivet and Elliot Schneider (Thanks to both!) - I now have some acknowledgement and a case! After numerous messages sent and without any response - finally tracked down a live person and on September 28, 2020, received the following (edited) message:
You have an open application identified as AR2020**** that is being reviewed by the staff of the Board to ensure it complies with applicable statutes and governing Army regulations before presentation to the Board. This application is important to us. Unfortunately, due to an increase in volume and influx of complex cases, it is currently taking 18 months or more for cases to be completed. To be fair to all, Army Review Board Agency processes applications in the order received with limited exceptions.