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Website to see past family military records?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Tech knight, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Tech knight

    Tech knight

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    My friend would like to look up her grandfather's service record from WWII.

    Is there anywhere free she can find the information? He passed away before she was born.


    This is the information she has on him and knows this is correct http://www.locategrave.org/l/1943366/John-W-Cotey-IL
     
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  2. Fred Hansen

    Fred Hansen Liberal Bane

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    www.ancestry.com sometimes offers a "free weekend" access to draft records etc. around Veteran's Day, November 11th.
     

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  4. Tech knight

    Tech knight

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    She actually was using the ancestry.com and did find some information about him. She'd like to find as much as possible. I'll give her the link for the archives.gov as well. It looks like up to the 1950s is public knowledge. If not her father could fill it out I think so he could show them to her.

    Any other places to look would be appreciated as well.
     
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    Psychman NRA Patriot Life Member

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    My fathers records from WW2 were actually in the fire but fortunately they survived with only some pages getting minor damage. This is a great resource and any biological relative can get the records for a fee. In addtion you can go through the government to have medals replaced that the serivice person earned. This is a free service.
     
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    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    The National Personnel Records Center is in St. Louis, MO. They have certain restrictions about what information is available on the internet. You can go there though. I have been there and found my grandfathers' records.

    National Personnel Records Center
    1 Archives Drive
    St. Louis, Missouri 63138

    http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/

    http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/pre-ww-1-records.html

    http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/public/

    http://www.archives.gov/veterans/

    All of the military records are in St Louis.
     
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  7. Tech knight

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    Would they be able to fax or mail information for the records? They live in IL and I'm not sure how likely they'll be able to get to St Louis