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Since the National Archives is currently closed due to the pandemic, I did a quick search for you at Ancestry. While this might be incomplete, it appears that the only ship your uncle served aboard was the LST 982, as a Pharmacist's Mate, Second Class (PhM2c). He was received on board on 21 February 1946 "from 35th US Navy Constr. Btn." (I've not researched what that means) and Transferred 13 April 1946, when the ship was decommissioned. It's noted that he was transferred to RecSta, Navy #3002 FFT RecSta in U.S.
RecSta = Receiving Station
FFT = For Future Transfer
I also found a photo of him in a Navy "Support Book" (essentially a yearbook).
Thank you so much! How do I find the photo?
Here's a link to an album I created with the documents I found... his draft registration card and the three muster rolls.
I've also included the cover of the book in which his photo appears, along with its title page and a couple of pages about the 4th Batallion.
That is amazing. Can you please let me know where you found these? I have been trying for over a year to find more records of my uncle, Shofner Meadows, Navy service files during WWII than just the single discharge paper the National Archives sent me when I sent his standard form 180 in. I did find after action reports on Minesweeper yms-392 while searching the NA website for hours. I would love to see if there is anything like this available.