Re: Records Lost, How do I find his unit???
Ralph, the VFW might have info, they would certainly be worth a try. Also, you might check to see if he belonged to other organizations (e.g. American Legion) that would have info that VFW did not.
If he ever applied for benefits, you can contact the Dept of Veterans Affairs to see if they have info that could help you. The national number is 1-800-827-1000. Also, you may have a "nearest DVA regional office" in your area. The VA web address, with other info, plus a list of facilities, is http://www.va.govhttp://www.va.gov
Other possible sources include:
1. County Courthouse, or City Clerk, in hometown/county at time of discharge. It was not uncommon for WWII vets to record their discharge papers.
2. State Historical Records Office (of state where vet resided at time of entry into service). Ask them to check service record cards, bonus records, and Reports of Separation that the state may maintain. Internet listing of state historical record coordinators:
Internet listing of state veterans affairs offices:
3. U.S. Civil Service Commission, Bureau of Retirement and Insurance (if retired from federal employment)
4. Any employer to whom a record of military service was furnished.
5. State Adjutants General (if any service was performed in the National Guard).
6. Social Security Administration (if a claim for old age, survivor's, or disability insurance benefits has been filed and the service involved was from 7 Sept 39 to the present).
7. Railroad Retirement Board (if a claim for railroad retirement or survivor's benefits was filed).
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