What is written on the dog tag? What sources have you already searched?
Also, did your Grandfather serve, and if so, when and which branch of the military? If he served, might this have belonged to someone he knew in the military?
Mears, Samuel M
Samuel M Mears
I only found a Enlist Card for Samuel M Mears. It says 1940 enlisted. I was trying to find out what his connected to granddad was. I trued the number in the national archive but did not find anything.
*Dog Tag is Brass and not Aluminum like my grandfathers dog tag.
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Did your grandfather serve in WWII, and if so, which branch of the military (Army, Marines, etc), what type of unit (Infantry, Armor, Medical etc) and which unit (ie which specific division, regiment, etc.)? This is pure speculation, but maybe they served together and he, accidentally or as a gift, ended up with his dog tags. If not, maybe they knew each other in North Carolina, New York, or New Jersey.
Based on the information you provided, it looks like this is for a Sameul M. Mears whose next of kin (probably a father) was a Samuel M Mears living in Leicester, Buncombe County N.C.
Name: Mears, Samuel M
Service Number: 39258725
Next of Kin: Samuel M Mears
Address of Next of Kin: RFD 1 (rural free delivery route 1) Leicester, N.C
I searched Ancestry and Newspapers.com and found the following information that might be a match.
I also found Find-A-Grave entries for...
I also found him listed on the following websites, which indicate that he married, but there is no mention of that in his obituary, which suggests that the marriage may not have lasted long:
I would image that if you contact Bell United Methodist Church they may be able to help you locate living relatives.
Dear Mr. McGregor,
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002.
If there is any information requested by the SF-180 which you do not know, you may leave it blank or provide estimates (such as writing “World War II” for dates), however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. Also, if you believe he may have served with you grandfather, you may wish to attach an additional letter with your grandfather’s service information (branch, dates of service, unit information, etc) and an explanation that Sameul Mears may have had some overlap in the times and places he served. This might help NPRC staff locate relevant unit records such as morning reports in case they are unable to locate the OMPF. If you do not already have this information for your grandfather, you may wish to first request his OMPF using the same procedures outlined above. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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