Many of you have written asking how to obtain Service Records of relatives to flesh out family history and , in some cases, to learn of their Navy history on the USS Indianapolis or previous ships.
Wanda Little sent the following procedure to learn about relative RM2 Robert A. Rutherford (LAS). Wanda said:
Submitted by Keith C. Smith - Volunteer Archivist and Monument Builder-USS Indianapolis CA-35
I have a certificate for the USS Indianapolis's shakedown cruise for Seaman 1st Class, Parker E. Stephenson. 3/16/1933. I'm looking to return the certificate to the family. The closest I can get to the correct Parker Stephenson is one that was born 3/13/1902 and died 2/18/1987. Unfortunately, there's no obit online but I am requesting it from the library where he last lived. Also, there is no listing for him electronically at NARA.