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Aloha All,
Please complete the first two steps [see below] toward obtaining basic info about your loved one that was on Oahu on that day. If you want information, you must supply correct data and include more details. Correct name, rank, job, ship, dates of service, age, even the color of hair and height may help a fellow veteran recall a person.

On obtaining the basic documents please come back with questions particular to to your individual circumstances. These steps will glean basic documents that greatly helps your quest.

Step One:
The first step to look for information about deceased military personnel is to fill out Military Records Request "Standard Form 180"; from the National Archives & Records Administration: National Military Personnel Records Center

Download from their web site:

The St Louis facility does not have custody of crew lists or current addresses for former members. However, this information can be compiled from several sources. The names of the officers usually appear on the first page of each Ship Deck Log, which were submitted monthly. The enlisted men assigned to a naval ship or command are listed on muster rolls which were also submitted monthly.

The Military Reference Branch, National Archives, Washington, D.C. 20408 http, holds copies of most deck logs from 1801 through June 1945, as well as microfilm copies of the muster rolls through 1966. In some cases during the 1950s and 1960s, a list of the officers was included with the muster rolls. The Military Reference Branch also has custody of the Bureau of Naval Personnel Casualty Files, which have the official list of Navy casualties for each World War II action. By using the list of officers in the deck logs and the muster rolls, one can compile a list of the crew. Then by using the crew list and the list of casualties, the names of the survivors of a World War II ship or vessel can be created with relative accuracy.

The Suitland Reference Branch, National Archives, Washington D.C. 20409 has custody of the deck logs from July 1, 1945 through 1961. The deck logs from 1962 through 1978 are maintained by the Washington National Records Center, but access to them is controlled by the Deck Logs Section, Ships History Branch, Naval Historical Center, 901 M Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20374-5060 From 1978 to the present, the logs exist only on microfiche, which is also held by the Deck Logs Section.

The muster rolls from 1967 to 1974 are in the custody of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Pers-0243), Washington D.C. 20370. From 1975 to present, the muster rolls are held by the Enlisted Personnel Management Center, Diary Control/Research Branch (Code 312), New Orleans, LA 70159.

293 file: Individual Deceased Personnel File: If the individual you are researching was killed in action, the disinterment file will have information about the identification and reburial process.

The U.S. Army Personnel Command handles these requests.

If a relative was killed overseas during WWII, Korea, or Vietnam, the death/burial record (also known as Individual Deceased Personnel Files) can be obtained by submitting in writing a letter to the following address:

Mailing address
U.S. Army Personnel Command, Public Affairs Office (FOIA)
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0404.

Enclosed in the letter the requestor should cite the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and provide full name of the relative, service number, and date of death (or whether the death was during WWII, Korea, or Vietnam).

Return mailing address is required. Please allow up to 20 weeks for the research process. FOIA fees are waived for requests from family members for death/burial records on their loved ones.

Hope this helps,

(Edited by David Aiken at 7:09 am on Dec. 6, 2001)

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