Dear Ms. Gandy,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you request a copy of his 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 prior to 1958 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 can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
Also, we searched the “U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010” and located the following information about your father. Please be sure to include his social security number, enlistment date (i.e. Date Entered), and release date on the SF-180.
Name: J. Summerlin
Birth Date: 23 Feb 1935
Death Date: 28 Jun 1998
Branch 1: NAVY
Enlistment Date 1: 9 Apr 1952
Release Date 1: 6 Sep 1955
However, due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764. We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!