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Posted: 4/19/2007 11:00:49 AM EST
My grandfather passed away when I was a teenager.  Due to his illness, I lived with him during his last 2 years.  I am now attempting to obtain his military records from the Army.  I see that I cannot claim to be his "next of kin", I have to just request the records like any other schmo.
My question is will the Army records show me when and where he was deployed or will it just be his service dates, etc.  Basically, how detailed will it be?
Also, if anyone else has done this and has ANY info/advice to give I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

ETA: He served during WWII.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 11:06:54 AM EST
This is what you need...

www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html

If your Grandfather has a surviving spouse that has not remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother still alive, have them make the request, it would be more complete.  That being said, I think the only thing that would be omitted would be personal identifying information (SSN etc..)
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 11:54:34 AM EST
Yeah, I've got the form I'm just concerned that the records will just be his service dates since I'm not his next of kin.  My family is pretty splintered so asking one of my uncles or my aunt to make the request is out.

I want to find out where he served during WWII and his Unit etc.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 3:08:03 PM EST
Could be dicey in any case.  He sounds like he falls in the category that may have been in the St. Louis Records building fire.  the DD214 would have all the awards and campaigns.
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