1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 22, 2020 9:50 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking to Return a lost Document to PFC Edward Lawson


      I am looking for contact information for a former Army PFC, maybe even next of kin. Edward E. Lawson, I believe his service number to be 54140881, was part of Service Co. 5th Infantry Regiment, 71st Division stationed at Fort Lewis, WA around 1955. We found a football recruitment letter and thought the family would like it. If anyone may have served with him or knows how I can find this information.... It just seems like it is something the family may appreciate. Thanks

        • Re: Seeking to Return a lost Document to PFC Edward Lawson
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Ravens,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives does not have the present addresses of former service personnel or their survivors on file.  The Federal agency most likely to have such addresses is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA can forward a message from you to the veteran, providing the veteran has filed a claim with VA, and they have an address on record. To forward a message, please write your message and place it in an unsealed, stamped envelope. Also include a note to the VA explaining who it is you are trying to reach and add as much identifying information as you have. Place all of this in another envelope addressed to the nearest Veterans Affairs Regional Office (you can find the address at https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp). If the veteran is in their records, your message to the veteran will be sealed and the envelope addressed to the address they have on file for the veteran. Please note that the veteran may not have informed the VA of a change of address, so they cannot guarantee receipt of your message. If the veteran receives your note, it is then up to the veteran to contact you.


          You also may wish to contact veteran organizations, to include the 5th Infantry Regiment Association, and online forums for veterans and their families.


          We hope this is helpful.