|Russ (left) w/unknown buddy|
My cousin went to the funeral home that handled Uncle Russ's funeral to see if they still had a file on him and possibly had his separation papers in that file. Unfortunately, my cousin completely struck out; he was told they have no records back that far (1960's).
So my next step, I guess, is to check with the county where he was living when he was discharged to see if he filed his separation papers there. I don't know at this time when I'll make a trip to Jacksonville, but this will go on my to do list for my next visit.
Meanwhile, I found a website called Vet Friends that seems to be a place where veterans can go and try to locate people they served with. As a matter of fact, the site seems to be all things veteran. You have to join (for a fee) to get on the message boards and post a search for someone. The fees are: [and I quote]
I have not decided whether to join just to place a "blind" post on the message board and hope that a World War II veteran who happened to serve with my uncle will see it. It's a long shot. But that appears to be all I have.
I am sure that this is a worthwhile site with lots to offer our veterans. However, they send me more than one e-mail every single day! And I've only signed up for the free membership so far! So the jury is still out on this one.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to find out what unit my uncle served in during WWII??? I would appreciate any and all ideas.