2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 7, 2020 11:01 AM by Kent Varnum

    Seeking Station assignments for James Varnum


      I am trying to document My Fathers (James Milton Varnum) Service in the US Navy.  He was a Photographer's Mate in the Navy 1945 - 1949. Ships Muster rolls only show him Temp Duty on 2 Ships for a total of 3 Months during his entire enlistment.  I think he might have been permanently assigned to a shore command during his enlistment but cannot locate any muster records for Naval Facilities or Photo Labs, nor can I locate what Billets were available that he might have been assigned to. Any Help or Pointers would be appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking Station assignments for James Varnum
          Holly Rivet Tracker

          Dear Mr. Varnum,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          For a list of his duty stations, 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.  This record will include his mobility throughout his service.  To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.  Veterans and their next of kin can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC was closed from March 23 through June 23, 2020.  As of June 24th, the NPRC entered into Phase One of a gradual reopening process.  The center 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.


          We hope this information is helpful.



          Holly Rivet