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Trying to help a friend with her grandfather

Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by Leanie, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Leanie

    Leanie Member

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    I'm looking for any military info on my friends grandfather. Ancestry. com doesn't have much. His name was Richard Chester Raliff b. 12 Mar 1924, in Virginia d. Mar 07 1986. She doesn't have his service number.
     
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    Raliff or Ratliff? There is no "Richard Charles Raliff" in Fold3, in NARA's enlistment records, or in the SS Death Index.
     
  3. Leanie

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    oops typo, its Ratliff, she has plenty of photos of him in uniform.
     
  4. Leanie

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    Yay, finally found his service number: 13120992
    Can anyone help me with the rest?
     
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    Draft card

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    Grave marker

    Can you post some of the pictures? It might help to identify his unit and other details.
     
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    The one on the left ac68f491-df21-4cd1-9d72-67fdab830764.jpg af78dfae-c47c-4d49-9acb-e64a0742233c.jpg
     
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    The picture with his family is after he was discharged (he's wearing the ruptured duck triangle) He had three years overseas, looks like he's wearing a Theater and Good Conduct ribbons, but it's too fuzzy to tell what Theater--I'm betting the European because of it's dark color. Too far away to tell how may campaigns.
    He has no Combat Infantry Badge, but can't make out what branch on his collar brass and don't see any DUI crest. The unit patch is not visible enough to even make out the shape. Leanie, do you have any pictures that show the shoulder patch on his left side?

    Would really be helpful if you could locate and post a copy of his separation paper. Read through the thread in this section to get some ideas on how to go about getting a copy. "Request Copies of Military Personnel Records"
     
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    I'm sorry those are the best photos she has of him.
     
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    A photo that showed the shoulder patch but not his face could be helpful even though it wouldn't normally be considered a "good" photo.
     
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    All the photos of him are him looking straight ahead, they don't show his uniform very good.. his service # is 13120992. I'm just not able to find anything online. I'll have her to request his records, we found his death certificate.
     
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    It is so awesome you found his registration card picture. Can anyone help me find 3 family members cards? John W Ward born Dec 15 1921 in Carter Tn. Enlisted at Ft Olgethorpe Georgia Oct 24 1942. Army serial number 34379160. PFC Herman Hall. Born July 13 1916 in Perry KY. Enlisted in Aug 9 1943 at FT Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. Army serial number 35931924. Clarence C Smith. Born June 28 1920 in Hammond Indiana. Enlisted in Chicago IL on March 26 1942. . Army serial number 36397232...Thank you very much
     
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    This is all I found so far.
     
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    Thank you all. I helped her with the form from the NARA site and included his death certificate. Now we wait. I'll report back when she gets them, hopefully it won't take a long time.
     

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