2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 13, 2020 6:18 PM by Claire King

    Seeking military record of Hector A. Tetrault

    Alfred Tetrault Newbie

      My father, hector Amede Tetrault died in 1988. He served in the navy during WWII in the pacific from 3/20/1944 to 1/17/1946. The research I have completed includes the following, but what I need is the date (start/end) for each posting.


      • Naval Training station Sampson NY - need start/end dates.
      • Naval Training School (Diesel) Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa 5/15/1944 - 7/8/1944
      • Amphibious Training base Little Creek, VA - need start/end dates.
      • Naval Training Destination Center Camp Wallace TX - need start/end dates.
      • USS LSM 95 - need start/end dates.
      • USS LSM(R) 188 - need start/end dates.
      • USS Ajax - need start/end dates.
      • USS Miami - need start/end dates.
      • US Navy Hospital Long Beach, CA  - need start/end dates.
      • Chelsea Naval Hospital, Chelsea, MA - need start/end dates. - need start date - 1/17/1946


      I have his service number if helpful. How do I get a copy of the set of medals awarded to my father?

        • Re: Seeking military record of Hector A. Tetrault
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Tetrault,


          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) that includes listings for Hector Tetrault on three of the ships listed above. We are attaching a sample to the end of our reply. Below is summary of the information we found regarding the start and end dates of the his time on the following ships:


          • USS LSM 95: Received 22 November 1944 from Receiving Station, Houston, Texas. Transferred 1 January 1945 to USS LSM(R) 188 for duty.
          • USS LSM(R) 188: Wounded. Transferred to USS Solace [hospital ship], 29 March 1945.
          • USS Ajax (AR-6): Received 5 April 1945 from U.S.S. LSM(R) 188 for treatment. Transferred 7 May 1945 to Nearest Naval Hospital for treatment and disposition via U.S.S. General Randall.


          We were unable to locate him on muster rolls for the other establishments.  This does not mean he was not there, as in some cases muster rolls may be missing or illegible, and in other cases he may have been omitted for various reasons. Questions about these records may be directed to National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


          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.  Because you have his service number, it is not necessary to include his social security number if you do not know it, though if you do, please include that on the form as well. To ensure that you get his full file, in Section II mark “Other” and write that you want the full OMPF.  For purpose, mark “genealogy.” Next of kin of veterans may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          For Navy personnel, NARA's National Personnel Records Center will verify the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the request with the verification to the appropriate service department for issuance of the medals.  For requesting medals and awards, please use eVetRecs on NARA’s website at https://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/ or complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and send it to NARA's Military Personnel Records, National Personnel Records Center, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  Provide as much information as possible in Section II under "other."

          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 is currently only servicing emergency requests and will soon expand its service to include time-sensitive requests from veterans for records needed to secure VA home loan guarantees and employment opportunities.


          The muster rolls may be accessed on Ancestry at U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949. Viewing the records on Ancestry requires a paid subscription. Some libraries provide free access to their patrons.


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