proof of service
My stepfather, CALVIN NAYLOR SMITH, often described his days and
duty as a sailor during WW I.
He said that he was a ship's boilermaker, and had shipped out from
Brooklyn Naval Yards, and had served in Italy during at least a part of the
war. He learned to speak Italian there.
I know that he was a boilermaker for the railroad after the war, and that he
did speak Italian like a native, which would be difficult for a country boy
from Denton, TX to have otherwise mastered.
Upon his death in 1979, assistance in verifying his military record was sought
from the Veterans Administration, which replied that it could find no record
to confirm his duty/enlistment in the Navy.
Does anyone have any idea how I may pursue this inquiry ??
With thanks in advance,
Louie Franklin Turner, Fort Worth, Texas.
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