3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 20, 2020 5:44 PM by Rick Fournier

    Seeking identity of a WWII sailor


      I am seeking the identity of a WWII Navy sailor. This photograph was taken about 1943-1945 in Honolulu.


        • Re: Seeking identity of a WWII sailor

          It says Benny Fournier on the phot, is that not him?

          • Re: Seeking identity of a WWII sailor
            Jason Atkinson Guide

            Dear Mr. Fournier,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24).  This series contains multiple listings for Francis Benjamin Fournier (sometimes listed just as Francis B. Fournier) that may be a match. His service number is 234 35 63, his enlistment date is 5 August 1941, and his place of enlistment is Buffalo, New York. He is listed on muster rolls for Naval Receiving Station in Norfolk, Virginia in October and November 1941, the USS Salinas (AO-19) from approximately December 1941 through Apr 1943 when he transferred to the USS Bullard (DD-660).  He is listed on the January 1945 muster roll for the USS Bullard. His rating by 1944 is listed as Baker 2nd Class, which matches the rank insignia on the photograph. For more information about these records, please email National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            These records are now available in digital form and can be viewed online via Ancestry as U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949. There may be a fee for this service. Instead, you may view these records online at one of NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at http://www.archives.gov/locations/. Unfortunately, all National Archives locations are currently closed to the public because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Additionally, you may check with your local public or university library as these institutions often provide access to Ancestry.com.


            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.  If there is anything requested by the form that you do not know, you may leave the space blank or provide estimates, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests. Please note that OMPFs often do not always include photographs of the sailor.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. Also, 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 also located the Draft Registration Cards for New York State, 10/16/1940 - 3/31/1947 in the Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975 (Record Group 147) that includes a card for Francis Benjamin Fournier living in Buffalo, New York, who registered for the draft in 1946. It was not unusual for former service members to register for the draft after they served during World War II. We are attaching copies of the registration card to the end of our reply.


            We also located additional records which may be pertinent.


            Benjamin F Fournier in the New York State, Birth Index, 1881-1942

            Name:  Benjamin F Fournier

            Birth Date:  29 Aug 1922

            Birth Place:  Buffalo, New York, USA

            Certificate Number:  65023


            Francis B Fournier in the New York, Death Index, 1852-1956

            Name:  Francis B Fournier

            Age:  25

            Birth Date:  abt 1922

            Death Date:  31 Oct 1947

            Death Place:  Buffalo, New York, USA

            Certificate Number:  59021


            Please contact the New York Department of Health for copies of birth and death certificates.


            Finally, we found a listing for Francis Fournier at Find-A-Grave.  We searched the Forest Lawn Cemetery website for burial records and located the burial permit.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research.



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