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Duncan

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IIRC Canadian WW2 service records are sealed as some of the participants are still alive but does anyone know if US WW2 service records are available? I wouldn't even know where to look for that. Reason I ask is I met a man in the mission field who had been in the US Navy in the Pacific and he had some chilling stories and I would love to know about his service. I know he has died but what action he saw , when he was there etc. i'd love to know. He never married so I can't ask family, thank you kindly!

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24 minutes ago, Duncan said:

IIRC Canadian WW2 service records are sealed as some of the participants are still alive but does anyone know if US WW2 service records are available? I wouldn't even know where to look for that. Reason I ask is I met a man in the mission field who had been in the US Navy in the Pacific and he had some chilling stories and I would love to know about his service. I know he has died but what action he saw , when he was there etc. i'd love to know. He never married so I can't ask family, thank you kindly!

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/World_War_II_United_States_Military_Records,_1941_to_1945

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1 hour ago, ksfisher said:

I found out some info, so far apparently he was in the Battle of Guadalcanal, had PTSD (which I didn't know) and apparently was never the same after the war. The Government wanted to put him in a mental home after the war but his brother wouldn't allow it.He was on a ship that saw service at Iwo Jima, but i don't know that he was there or not. That's what I know so far

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3 hours ago, Duncan said:

I found out some info, so far apparently he was in the Battle of Guadalcanal, had PTSD (which I didn't know) and apparently was never the same after the war. The Government wanted to put him in a mental home after the war but his brother wouldn't allow it.He was on a ship that saw service at Iwo Jima, but i don't know that he was there or not. That's what I know so far

Since most WW II service records were burned in a massive fire at the records center in St Louis many years ago, one must depend upon other records of various kinds, including personal letters, medical records, muster rolls, payrolls, and the like.  An important resource is the internet, which can be searched for memoirs which include the names of fellow sailors and soldiers who served with the memoirist.  My late uncle served in the European Theater of Operations and his individual records were destroyed in that fire.  But he kept a diary, listed the names of buddies, and many incidents mentioned in his diary could be fleshed out with the historical accounts of others.

You should first obtain the identification number of that person you are researching, check his Selective Service records, obituaries, and his personal genealogy -- to determine whether he had siblings or first cousins who may have kept personal information about him (their children might have letters, etc.).

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  • 2 weeks later...

This is limited to next-of-kin, so it probably won't be too useful to you, but perhaps you could pass it on to someone who's looking for information on close relatives and/or find the closest living relative of the person you're inquiring about:

https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

https://vetrecs.archives.gov/VeteranRequest/home.html

https://www.archives.gov/files/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf

Good luck. :)

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