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Dear Ms. Russell,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Continuous Service Certificates of Enlisted Men, 6/22/1865 - 9/22/1899 and the Records Relating to Enlisted Men Who Served in the Navy Between 1842 and 1885 In the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include records about John O’Brien prior to those in his OMPF. We also located the Monthly Returns of Navy and Marine Corps Officers and Civilians at Shore Establishments, 4/1845 - 12/1889 in the Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library (Record Group 45) that may include his post-Navy employment. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we located the United States Consular Records for Nagasaki, Japan, 1859 - 1941 and the United States Consular Records for Kobe, Japan, 1867 - 1939 in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84) that may include what you seek. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via mail at email@example.com.
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