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Date Posted: Thu, June 02 2005, 21:17:45
Author: Jeff Northridge
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Subject: Re: Like many I am looking for my biological father
In reply to: Pamela Smith 's message, "Like many I am looking for my biological father" on Thu, June 02 2005, 13:47:48

Howdy Pamela;

That could prove to be a difficult task. Unless your biological father was KIA/POW/MIA or a recipient of the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, or Air Force Cross, it is impossible for the general public (like me) to get any official records or information. I assume that your father was in the Army since he was stationed at Ft. Benning, GA, during the period 1960-61, but there are no guarantees of that because a few Air Force and Marine Corps sergeants were also comming and going. At least we can eliminate the Navy and Coast Guard because they don't have sergeants.

It's good that you have a first and middle name for your father, but the ambiguity in the spelling of his surname means that you will have to pursue each possibility independently until you have determined what the correct spelling actually is. There is a one in a thousand chance that your father has signed in at the Military.com website at http://www.military.com/Military/Locator/New/Splash/?ESRC=fw_buddyfinder.kw . There is a book out entitled "How To Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military". It costs $23 plus S & H (see http://www.moapress.com for particulars).

Actually, you stand a better chance than most because you qualify as next-of-kin. If you have a legitimate medical reason, you can also petition a court for an order to release copies of all kinds of goodies like your father's military medical records for example. Basically, what you're looking for is your father's Social Security Number. From an SSN and for a few bucks, you can get your father's last known address and go from there. Good luck!

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