Staffords of Janesville WI and Chicago IL
I have been working on a project trying to identify 12 men who signed the back of my father-in-law's boot camp photo from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in 1942. So you can see what I'm talking about, the photo and explanation of the project are on my blog at
One of the men signed his name as Robert James Stafford of Janesville, Wisconsin.
I was able to find both 1920 and 1930 US Census listings for a family with a son by that name in Chicago in the household of Edward and Alma (Kapke) Stafford. I also found a Chicago birth certificate for a Robert James Stafford b Jan 24, 1916. Robert's mother evidently was from Janesville, WI.
If anyone here is related to that family--or if anyone has access to Janesville WI or Chicago IL obituaries--could you please contact me and let me know if your Robert James Stafford served in the Navy during WWII?
Thanks so much for any help with this. I do want to memorialize these men who served. So far, I'm finding precious little online to recognize them for their service.