Where can I find military records?
The link below is to the national archives. There are forms you must fill out. You may also be required to show relationship to the individual about whom you are requesting information. I have no experience other than finding my own records and those of my father.To my knowledge the site below is a government sponsored site.Military Personnel Records, SF-180
If your grandfather served in the US Army from 1942 to 1952, is that something you could look up in public records?
As long as your grandfathers service ended over 60 years ago, his service record is a public record.Also, if you are the next of kin, the 60 year time does not apply, though in this case, 1952 is certainly more than 60 years ago.You can get those records by writing to the National Personnel Records Center at:National Personnel Records CenterMilitary Personnel Records1 Archives DriveSt. Louis, MO 63138I believe they also have an online presence where you can fill out the SF-180, Request for Records, online. But you might need a service number to make that happen, I’m not sure. If in doubt, a letter always works to start the process, but do not expect fast turn-around, you might be looking at up to six months for a response.Also, there was a fire in the early 1970’s that caused a loss of records in St. Louis. Not all records were lost, but all that were lost were pre-1970s. If your grandfather falls into that, you might receive a “sorry, we can’t help you, there was a fire” letter.
My father is a WW2 Navy veteran, assigned to the USS Kimberly. How do I find out if he has been awarded any medals?
Normally you would search for unit awards on NDAWS, but I believe the database does not go back to WWII.I checked, and USS KIMBERLY came up with no matches for unit awards. https://awards.navy.mil/awards/w... is how you would normally look.According to wikipedia, Kimberly received five battle stars for World War II and one star for Korean War service.If you want something more official than that, you need to fill out an SF180 form and submit that.Decorations and Medals (Awards) is a link, but here is what it says:Veterans or next-of kin of deceased veterans can obtain and fill out SF 180, Request Pertaining To Military Records or write a letter to request replacement awards. Each request should be filled out neatly and should include the veteran’s complete name used while in service, rank, service number, social security number, branch of service, dates of service (date entered and date released), and it should be signed by the veteran or the next of kin if the veteran is deceased. If using the SF 180, check the “Other” box in section II, paragraph 1, and enter “replacement awards”. Supporting documentation such as discharge paperwork or the veteran’s DD Form 214 or other military records can help speed the process. Mail your request to one of the following addresses:Veterans separated in or after 1998:NAVY PERSONNEL COMMANDPERS-312A5720 INTEGRITY DRIVEMILLINGTON, TN 38055-3120Veterans separated before 1998:NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER1 ARCHIVES DRIVEST. LOUIS, MO 63138Take care!