|There is no on-line locator information source for the men
and women that serve in the US military. If you need to locate
a service person or acquire their mailing address, you must call
the applicable telephone number listed below to get instructions
on how to acquire the information you desire.
THE MILITARY POSTAL SERVICE AGENCY IS NOT A PERSONNEL LOCATOR
SERVICE. PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL THE WEBMASTER OF THIS SITE TO
LOCATE A SERVICE MEMBER, USE THE INFORMATION BELOW.
|Please read our additional information regarding locating
military service personnel:
|BUPERS 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.
Military Reference Branch, National Archives,
Washington, D.C. 20408, 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
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.
Individuals have had success in locating former and retired
military personnel by placing advertisements or reunion notices
in military oriented periodicals. These magazines have a
combined circulation of more than one million, and their
readership includes many former and retired military personnel.
The editors of the magazines should be contacted separately
about placing advertisements.
American Veterans magazine offers reunions
services. Send notices to:
DAV Magazine PO
Box 14301 Cincinnati,
|The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) offers a vet/retired
locator service. For a small fee they will send a list of matching
names and supply all known facts about a person's military
history. If the service is unable to find a matching name,
you will get your money back. You can write for information
at the following address:
Vets National Archives,
1809 Vandiver Dr. Columbia,
|Also, the United States Naval Institute in Annapolis,
Maryland has established a reunion hot-line (410) 268-6110.
For those who have access to a CD-ROM drive, PHONE-DISC,
which costs around $100, provides the names, addresses and
phone numbers of all people listed in U.S. telephone books.
The Navy World-Wide locator will forward letters to retired
members of the Navy. For this assistance, send a letter in
a stamped envelope with the name of the retired serviceman
on the front and no return address to:
Navy Reserve Personnel Center
4400 Dauphin Street New Orleans,