LOST AND FOUND HELP: Sources for Military Information



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Note from Jake the Yeoman:

Shipmates, if you are wishing to use this page, note that I have included the following information which I have gleaned from other shipmates and friends of the Hancock Memorial as a public service. There is no particular Order to this Information; it is given as a Public Service to my Visitors and I assume no responsbility for the content or your results when using this information -

I can't verify the authenticity of the information, but merely supply these resources for your perusal and use. Some data here may be out of date and/or never existent in the first place. Again, it's here as a Public Service to you, and you have the option of using the information or just moving on. Thanks for your submission of added Resources, should you have any good ones. Write me here and send it to me so I can include it on this and succeeding pages of our "Lost and Found" Section. - Respectfully - Jake the Yeoman

Note, too, that you should read this entire page, for I've included many contacts and they are not in order. You just may find a means to find exactly the right thing, by going through the whole collection below. Thanks - Jake


Veterans Health and Mesothelioma Awareness

If you are interested in learning more about Mesothelioma as it relates to Veterans or wish to read other issues related to Veterans- please visit the Veteran's Health & Awareness Page.

New (as of Memorial Day, 2011) from Ancestry.com...

Come explore new U.S. WWII Navy Muster Rolls and the U.S. Navy Cruise Books.

Learn more about your naval family and all your military ancestors this Memorial Day. See what we've just added to the world's largest online collection of historic military records. Note that you will be blessed even more if you sign up for Ancestry.com with your own Account.

U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 - This collection of over 33 million records gives facts about WWII enlisted personnel, like occupational specialty and service number.


U.S. Navy Cruise Books Index, 1918-2009 - Similar to yearbooks for naval ships, these records include photographs, officer biographies and more.

For finding old friends go here

The following suggestions are helpful in doing research into finding Unit Rosters, Troop movements, etc. I am offering this to you because many of us are still seeking closure on the loss of loved ones and friends. Good luck and good hunting!

If you want to know where you can get your Ribbons & Awards, here's what Shipmate Craig Close has to say about it:

"If someone doesn't have an award issued on their discharge papers or DD 214 from 1951 to present, they can download a DOD Form DD 149 from the VA website at www.va.gov and get a correction of Military records form and it tells on that form where to send it also. Also if someone doesn't have their medals they can download a standard Form 180 and a copy of their discharge papers and get their medals shipped to them from St. Louis. When I served aboard the Hancock in '64-'66 my records were not complete so I got a correction of Military Records and added them to my discharge papers. The Hancock received the Navy Unit Citation Ribbon (No Medal) for this award after I was discharged and everyone that was on the ship at that same time should be eligible for that Ribbon.

Craig Close

Thanks, Craig for sharing this important bit of information on Awards & Ribbons! ~ Jake

More Awards Information for Hancock Shipmates can be found here..

Visit the Hannah Awards Information Page

Wondering about your Ribbons & Awards? Visit the Hannah Awards Information Page


From the Yeoman on finding and obtaining Military Records -

Recently your Yeoman discovered you can obtain many Veterans Records directly from the NARA - the National Archives eVetRecs

Also...

Recently I was visiting the U.S.S. ARIZONA.ORG website and found an entry in their Message board under heading "People Finder" provided by its Author Budd Nease on obtaining Military Records which I thought should be provided here, as well, since the HANCOCK reigns alongside the ARIZONA BB-39, WASP CV-7, ENTERPRISE CV-6 and other great warships of great note. So if you have any one to thank, please thank Budd Nease by a visit over to his Website - Budd is not an ARIZONA survivor, but friends of those who were.

From a Post in his Website Message Board:

How to Obtain a Copy of Military Records
« on: May 28, 2007, 09:03:00 PM »
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If you wish to check on a family member's military record you can contact the National Personnel Records Center (Military Personnel Records), 9700 age Ave, St. Louis, Mol 63132-5100. You will need standard form 180. You can get this form over the internet at:
http://www.nara.gov/regional/stlouis.html

After you send in your request for information it will take several months for an answer.

Budd Nease, USNR (Ret.)
Historian
Member of
USS Arizona Reunion Association
Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (Honorary)
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Thank you Budd Nease for this valuable information!

Jake


If you served on the Hancock on her Final WestPac Cruise - 1975, you may be elgiable for more award than you previously were told you could claim. The Following Article, published in the Hannah News - our Association's Newsletter, by Michael R. Verville, may be of interest to you..

Operations 'Eagle Pull' and 'Frequent Wind Awards Update - You can convert your Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for this period, to the Vietnam Service Medal - includes printable request forms. You can also request a Second Humanitarian Service Medal using the Printable Request letter.

Also visit our 'Official Hannah Awards Page'


The Following was sent me by Mary Jane Gerity, whose brother, Charles Sumner Walsh was lost in Quang Tri..

Campaign Ribbons of Charles S.  Walsh
You can see Mary's Tribute to her Brother, Charles Sumner Walsh by clicking on the Ribbon Bar
(This Link may no longer be acitive - sorry)

She has been very successful in locating some of Chuck's friends and fellow Marines. If you are in need of this kind of closure, Mary Jane suggests the following:

Unit rosters were completed on the last day of each month. If someone shipped out or died during that particular month they would not be on that months unit roster. You can only request 2 at a time. It may help if you have someone request 2 months and then you request 2 months also. Giving you a total of 4 months. I was really only interested in the month of March, when "Cholly" was killed. But we requested February for good measure. You will then want to check MOS on the unit roster, to see who did the same job as your loved one. Then you check the Wall casualty list to see if they made it home. Then you can check switchboard com or a data base like it. Start calling people on the phone. You should dig through any old letters that you can get your hands on for clues. All Mary had to go on was that Mac (one of Charlie's buddies) was from Boston and spoke like Pres Kennedy and that Ski was from Ohio. She found Mac with that little bit of info. Mac had the same MOS as Charlie. I'm still looking for Ski. She kind of dropped the ball on Ski for now, because she's been so busy lately.

When you get your unit rosters in hand you can go from there.

USMC Museum in Washington, DC. It's at the Navy Yard (near 8th & I Sts) and has all narrative summaries (sometimes called unit diaries on microfische). Depending on where you live, you could maybe go there. As far as Mary knows, only open on weekdays."

Be patient. Once you request this stuff waiting is hard to do. Mary was chomping at the bit. Almost attacked the mail man on more than one occasion.J

Mary adds more detail in a followup Comm:

Roster Requests:

Head Quarters Marine Corps
Commandant USMC
HDQMC MMRB-14
Quantico, Va. 22134-0001

Rosters were created each month, towards the end of the month. If a person went home during the month and was not present on the particular day that the roster was made up, they WILL NOT APPEAR on that months roster. So you would have to request the previous month for that name to appear. You can request a couple months at a time (2-3). You can send as many requests as you like. If you want you could send in a request in a friends name & address name for 3 months and a request in your name for 3 different months etc.

Before you begin a search, you'll want to check the casualty list.

Once you have the name from the roster you can write to the VA. The serial # helps but is not absolutely necessary.

You need 2 STAMPED envelopes. Address one envelope to:

Dept of Veterans Affairs
Regional Office
1240 E. 9th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44199

ATTENTION: Robert Zeigenhine

Inside this envelope you will need the second stamped envelope with the name of the person you wish to locate on it (don't forget your return address). DO NOT SEAL THIS ENVELOPE. Inside this second envelope place a letter to the person you wish to locate. The VA will have to read your letter so they wouldn't be forwarding anything inappropriate.

Write a note asking Robert Zeigenhine to forward your letter. Include in this note ANY information you have such as name, serial # (which is on the rosters), home town, unit & dates etc. The rosters are sometimes are difficult to read so if you're not sure about some of the serial# write what you think it is and a question mark.

The VA won't give you the address but will forward mail. It will then be the recipients choice whether to respond or not.

Enclose a check for $2.

If the person was wounded they might be getting disability check so the VA knows their address.

Narrative Summaries

Reference Section, (Code HDH-2)
History and Museums Division
Headquarters, USMC
Washington, D. C. 20374-0580

You can request a couple months summaries at a time (2-3). You can send as many requests as you like. If you want you could send in a request in a friends or family member's name & address for 3 months and a request in your name for 3 different months etc.

You can also call the USMC Historical Museum, Head Archivist:

Fred Grabowski 202-433-3840
You can fax your request for AFTER ACTION REPORTS this will speed up the process.
FAX #202-433-7265

Jakes comment: Let's all give Mary a hearty THANKS for her efforts in helping us all find closure for our lost loved ones.


If you are seeking to find the Service Number of a Serviceman, you can follow George Fernahan's advice here:

To obtain the service number go to this link and type in his surname:

http://www.abmc.gov/searchww.htm

Regards,
George Kernahan

USS Hancock CV-19 Fellow


Military records on the Web

Tracking down information about an ancestor who served in the military used to be a time-consuming project However, the InterNet makes this research easier and quicker.

For those seeking information about a deceased family member who served in World War I or later, contact the National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis. MO 63132 or visit its Web page on the InterNet at:
https://www.archives.gov/

If you are the next of kin, you can request a copy of the service member's personnel records. Although a fire at this repository in 1973 destroyed many records, some have been reconstructed and others found that supplement the lost ones.

All of the services have outstanding home pages: The URLs are:

U.S. Air Force -
http://www.dtic.mil/airforcelink/

Here you will find excellent tips on finding military personnel information at:
http://www.au.af.mil/au/afhra/seeking.htm

U.S. Army -
http://www.army.mil/

U.S. Coast Guard -
http://www.dot.gov/dotinfo/uscg/

U.S. Navy - (includes Marine Corps pages) -
http://www.navy.mil/

Vietnam Veterans -
http://www.vietvet.org/index.htm

The National Archives, Washington, D.C. -
https://www.archives.gov/

The National Archives has an easy online option for ordering forms to request a search in older military records. These forms are free and you can order several at a time. They are:

Form 80 - Military Service and Pension Records before World War I.

Don't neglect local sources either. These include:

The National Archives Eighth and Pennsylvania Avenue , N.W., Washington, D. C. 20408, has some other military related records that may be of interest to family historians. They include:

You may find additional family information in the records of your ancestor's siblings, uncles or other family members.

It pays to be thorough in your research for military records - they are valuable documents of your family's history.

Note: Myra Vanderpool Gormley welcomes genealogical questions, but is unable to answer individual letters. Write to her in care of the Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206.

(c) Los Angeles Times Syndicate.
Your Family Tree appears Thursday's in the Time Out Section.


Deck Logs and Muster Rolls

The Textual Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 has custody of the deck logs from 1 January 1941 through 1961 as well as microfilm copies of the muster rolls from 1939 through 1966.

The deck logs from 1962 through 1978, and from 1990 to the present are at the Washington National Records Center, but access to them is controlled by the Deck Logs Section, Ships History Branch, Naval Historical Center, 901 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20374-5060 (202-433-0824).

For muster rolls from 1801 to 1938, write to: For muster rolls from 1939 to 1975, write to:
National Archives
Archives I
Washington, D.C. 20408
National Archives
Archives II
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, Md. 20740-6001
For muster rolls for the period 1976 through the present, write to: For deck logs from 1801 to 1940, write to:
Commanding Officer
Enlisted Personnel Management Center (Code 311)
New Orleans, La. 70159-7900
ATTN: Personnel Accounting
National Archives
Archives I
Washington, D.C. 20408
For deck logs from 1941 until 1973 , write to: For deck logs from 1974 through the present, write to:

The Modern Military Branch
National Archives and Records

Administration


8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, Md. 20740-6001

Naval Historical Center
Ships History Branch
Deck Log Section
805 Kidder-Breese St.
Washington Navy Yard
Washington DC., 20374-5060
Revised 12 February 2004 - US Navy Website FAQ Section Visit th is page for more References and Information

See also

Courtesy of XO Dennis Milliken who provided us the above information



Here's the current official website for Navy Personal & Unit Awards - The Following Instructions for this Website might help you navigate the Website:

Once there you can search "Personal" and/or "Unit" awards. For Unit you would click on the "Unit Awards" button at the top. Another window will come up. Click on "Query Unit Awards" in the left hand column. Then type in your keyword for the unit you are looking for. Again, it can be an odd acronym at times.

To search Personal awards click on "Personal Awards" at the top. Then "Query Awards History" in the left hand column. Then type in your key personal information and hit the Search button. This is a newer methodology for the Navy so there may be no personal awards listed for Vietnam veterans.


Getting a Copy of your DD-214 and DD-215 via Online access

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s

online:
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/.

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site.
Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by liminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.

Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.

Also...

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (DAV)
Department Service Commission
7932 Birchtree Court
Springfield, Virginia 22152-3420

MEMORANDUM July 28, 2005

FOR: Department Service Commission
FROM: Bob Bent, Commissioner, Department Service Commission (DSC)

SUBJECT: On-Line Access to DD-214 Military Records

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to access their DD-214 online:
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ .

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180 which can be downloaded from the online web site.

Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.

The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records center's mailroom processing time.

Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.


There will be more added to this Section when we find encouraging Resource connections. If anyone who visits this site, has any good sources, please forward them to me at Jake@usshancockcv19.com. Please use ''LOST AND FOUND RESOURCES" as the Subject in your Email to me. Thanks!


Crew Members...How to locate

This Lost 'n Found Information was supplied to this Website by the President of the hancock Association (12-7-07)
Wayne Erven, CWO3, USN (Retired)

Government Sources:

The Naval Historical Center does not have custody of crew lists or current addresses for former crew members. However, this information can be compiled from several sources. The names of the officers usually appear on the first page of each month's deck log. The enlisted men assigned to a naval ship or command are listed on muster rolls which were also submitted monthly.

The Old Military and Civil Records Branch, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408 (202-501-5385) holds copies of the deck logs from 1801 through December 1940, as well as the muster rolls through 1938 in bound books.

The Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 (301-837-3510) has custody of the deck logs from 1 January 1941 to the year over thirty years from the present date, as well as microfilm copies of the muster rolls from 1939 through 1975. After 1956, a list of the officers is usually included with the muster rolls. The Modern Military Branch at College Park also has custody of the Bureau of Naval Personnel Casualty Files, which have the official list of Navy casualties for each World War II action. The Bureau of Naval Personnel lists of the World War II Casualties (
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq11-1.htm), which have been placed on microfilm and microfiche, can be ordered from the Naval Historical Center. By using the list of officers in the deck logs and the muster rolls, one can compile a list of the crew. Then by using the crew list and the list of Casualties the names of the survivors of a World War II ship or vessel can be created.

The muster rolls or crew rosters from 1976 to 30 September 1987 are held by the Enlisted Personnel Management Center, New Orleans, LA 70159-7900, ATTN: Personnel Accounting.

The muster rolls or crew rosters from 1 October 1987 to the present are in the custody of the Navy Personnel Command (PERS-06P), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055 [phone (901)874-3165].

The Armed Forces World-Wide locators will forward letters to former members of the Navy, receiving retirement pay for active duty or reserve service. For this assistance, one should place their letter in a stamped envelope with just the name of the retired serviceman on the front and with no return address to: Navy Reserve Personnel Center, 4400 Dauphin Street, New Orleans, LA 70149.

Non Government Sources:

Note: Distribution of this information by the Department of the Navy does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the Navy of the information or services from the firms, organizations, and websites listed hereafter. This information is provided for informational purposes only.

Individuals have had success in locating former and retired military personnel by placing advertisements or reunion notices in military oriented periodicals such as those appearing on the attached list. These magazines have a combined circulation of over one million and their readership includes many former and retired military personnel. The editors of the magazines should be contacted separately about placing advertisements.

For those that have access to a CD-ROM drive, PHONE-DISC, which costs approximately $100, provides the names, addresses and phone numbers for all people listed in the U.S. telephone books. Several Internet sites such as "Switchboard" (
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq11-1.htm) are designed to help you locate the addresses and phone numbers of people.

The United States Naval Institute in Annapolis, Maryland has established a reunion hot line (410-295-1023). The American Legion maintains a reunion service, VETS (900-737-8387). For $1.95 per minute, operators are on call Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 9 pm Eastern Standard Time to provide information on scheduled reunions registered with The American Legion magazine. The average call takes two minutes.

Military Reunion News Co-Op Mail, P.O. Box 55, Bulverde, TX 78163-0355 (210) 438-4177 can provide searches for individual reunions. They request that you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with all reunion search requests.

The Reunion Reveille (
http://www.execpc.com/~reunions/reveille.html then http://www.reunionsmag.com/) is a private online resource for submitting and viewing details on many upcoming reunions.

Another source of information, that is updated annually, on locating ex-servicemen is:

Johnson, Richard S. How to Locate Anyone Who Is Or Has Been In the Military: Armed Forces Locator Guide. 7th ed. Spartanburg SC: MIE Publishing, 1996.



If your firm or organization wants to be considered for inclusion in the above listing, please supply a written description of your services to the Website Committee at the
Naval Historical Center.

Source: Department of the Navy -- Naval Historical Center
805 Kidder Breese SE -- Washington Navy Yard
Washington DC 20374-5060

Since the Yeoman is furnishing this Page as a Public Service, and you would like your organization listed on this page, please submit it using our regular Mail or here.


LOCATING OLD FRIENDS AND SHIPMATES

(Continued)

Looking for People -

There is no database of all living Vietnam veterans, and we have no way of finding anyone for you. The following links may be of some use, though.

The Veterans Administration is prohibited by law from giving out information on veterans in their files, but they will forward a message from you to someone for whom they have an address. It is then up to that person to respond to you, assuming that the address is still good. Their page describing this service is
HERE, but we make no guarantees.

The VVHP (Vietnam Veterans Home Page) maintains a Lost & Found section, with listings of people looking for people. With much greater detail than a simple database, this site can perhaps put you in contact with some one looking for the same person, or even the person in question, if he/she is a survivor. They VVHP also describes "Buddy Locator" programs offered by the military services. Check
here.

The VVHP Reunion Notices might provide a means of contacting members from a given unit that served in VietNam, a potentially invaluable resource for vets who remember certain things, but don't have the details needed for a database search. The United States Marine Corps also maintains a large list of "approved" reunions
here.

[
Note: this does not take you to the complete list, which is rather long. Go to the bottom of the page this does take you to.]

The VVMF
The Wall That Heals is a traveling exhibit designed to bring The Wall to communities throughout the country.

(This information is courtesy of No Quarter Vietnam Casualty Search Engine Website)

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