Do you have any additional information on John Perry DOB, place of birth, or anything else that can be searched. The Australian Maritime Museum probably would not hold any US Naval Records unless he served with the Australian Navy.
But if you can please provide additional information.
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Dear Mr. Hughes,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
If you have a list of vessels that were in port during the time frame he was there, you may search the U.S. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 on Ancestry.com. Although there are many John Perrys, there shouldn't be too many on the same vessel docked in Melbourne at the same time.
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.