2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 25, 2020 6:50 PM by Lisa Isbell

    Seeking Navy records of Elder James Gray


      I am trying to locate an image of my Grandfather,  Elder James Gray. He was in the Navy and his Service Number was 8275058. I have found some documents on the fold3 web page but no image. I can't find out what or where he was stationed after training at the Navel Construction Training Center, Camp Peary.  I wanted to know how to locate an image of him and find out what ship he was on and what duties he was assigned.  Please advise if that information would be available.  Regards,

        • Re: Seeking Navy records of Elder James Gray
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Not familiar with naval personnel records but I know army personnel records individual pictures were not considered a permanent record. It may be different with Naval personnel records. Do you have any additional documents showing any other Construction units or were he served during the war,


          Did find from VA Cemetery records that he is buried at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, MA


          Also not sure if you found this or not yet but please see image below




          Hope this helps,


          Elliot Schneider

          • Re: Seeking Navy records of Elder James Gray

            Dear Ms. McIntyre,


            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.  You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. 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 apologize for any inconvenience.


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