7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 16, 2021 10:38 AM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking if father was in the military

    Kevin Coaston Newbie

      How do I find out if my father was in the military? Just want to know if he served in any capacity.

        • Re: Seeking if father was in the military
          Elliot Schneider Pioneer

          Kevin,

           

          Any additional information name, dob, place of birth?

           

           

           

          Thanks,

           

          Elliot

            • Re: Seeking if father was in the military
              Kevin Coaston Newbie

              Benjamin J. Coaston

              November 1, 1923

              Birthplace Listed: Baton Rouge, La.

                • Re: Seeking if father was in the military
                  Elliot Schneider Pioneer

                  Kevin,

                   

                  Here is some information below.

                   

                  Name:Benjamin Jr Coaston
                  Name (Original):COASTON BENJAMIN JR
                  Event Type:Military Service
                  Event Date:30 Oct 1943
                  Term of Enlistment:Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
                  Event Place:Spokane, Washington, United States
                  Race:Negro
                  Citizenship Status:citizen
                  Birth Year:1923
                  Birthplace:LOUISIANA
                  Education Level:Grammar school
                  Civilian Occupation:Messengers, errand boys, and office boys and girls
                  Marital Status:Single, with dependents
                  Military Rank:Private
                  Army Branch:No branch assignment
                  Army Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
                  Source Reference:Civil Life
                  Serial Number:39468759
                  Affiliate ARC Identifier:1263923
                  Box Film Number:14397.10
                  • Re: Seeking if father was in the military
                    Lavone Oldale Newbie

                    Fold 3 has his information:

                    Benjamin Coaston Jr

                    Army Serial Number: 39468759

                    Enlistment Place: Spokane Washington

                    Enlistment Date: 30 Oct 1943

                    Army Branch: No branch assignment

                    Branch: Army

                    Race or Ethnicity: Negro

                    Residence: Yakima County, Washington

                    Enlistment Term: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law

                    Source of Army Personnel: Civil Life

                    Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)

                    Level of Education: Grammar school

                    Occupation: Messengers, errand boys, and office boys and girls

                    Marital Status: Single, with dependents

                    Birth Date: 1923

                    Birth Place: Louisiana

                    Source Box Number: 1439

                    Source Film Reel Number: 7.10

                    Conflict Period: World War II Served for: United States of America

                • Re: Seeking if father was in the military
                  Shannon Kerner Adventurer

                  Dear Mr. Coaston,

                   

                  Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                   

                  We suggest that you request a copy of his/her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces after 1958 and prior to October 2002 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Air Force personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Request Military Service Records.

                   

                  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC is closed except for emergencies. Currently, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.

                   

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