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    Post Finding more of my Dad

    Hello everyone. I'm not sure if this is the right place to start. I'm trying to track down more information on my Dad who recently passed away from AML. He never talked much about his service while in the Marines and I feel like I don't even know where to begin. I've requested records as next of kin but I don't know how long that will take and I know it probably will not provide me his Platoon number in order to see if I can order a platoon picture.

    His name is Neal Donald Weare and his DD214 says he enlisted Feb 1961 until Feb 1965 the entered the reserves until 1967. I was told he was at MCRD San Diego but that it as far as I was able to get. Any suggestions and help would be appreciated. When I reached out for help at the MCRD Museum a wonderful man advised me to check here and yellowboots.com but I haven't had much success.

    Thank you!

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    Super Moderator Platinum Member Mongoose's Avatar
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    I'm not the one, but be patient, someone here might be able to lead you in the right direction. Did he go to the VA for his medical needs??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose View Post
    I'm not the one, but be patient, someone here might be able to lead you in the right direction. Did he go to the VA for his medical needs??
    No he did not. And I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Most of my family has served through the years in one capacity or another and I think the biggest reason my Dad stayed away from the VA was because his Dad and both brothers all died at the VA here in Wisconsin.


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    It is ********************* and has a database of MCRD both P.I. And San Diego
    Try them as well God Bless in your search

    yellowboots is wrong....yellowf- -tprints.com is correct


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    Quote Originally Posted by gkmoz View Post
    It is
    www yellowfootprints com


    and has a database of MCRD both P.I. And San Diego
    Try them as well God Bless in your search

    yellowboots is wrong....

    yellowfootprints
    dot com ..............


    is correct
    good luck searching-

    yellowfootprints isn't as good now
    as it was in the past.

    the URL that for ages kept the photosfree,
    did a screwjob and ransomed the photos
    that yet have not been recovered- (don;'t think
    anyone has taken a serious route to do so)

    due to the years your dad served - it is unlikely
    he served in RVN - although he may have
    supported/ "unit wise "

    Also to your search disadvantage is a fire
    in the archives for Parris Island
    .

    "YELLOWFOOTPRINTS"
    dot COM


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    Ed, Why didn't my post show the yellowfootprints URL and you can post it


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    Because they don't deal with them never have and never will..


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    M14Ed...
    The place they had for thirds party photos host stop doing for free and went to charging $399.ºº a Year and no one does it for free any more...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine1955 View Post

    Because they *
    (THEY WHO ) ?

    don't deal with them *
    (THEM WHAT ) ?


    never have
    and never will..

    M14Ed...
    The place they had for thirds party photos hosting
    stopped doing for free
    Yes Marine - I remember when that
    happened and did write Cpl's Miller & Moore
    offering contributions
    both $$ and labor


    and went to charging $399.ºº a Year

    no one does it for free any more...
    I never did hear from Miller or Moore -

    at the time- tons of Marines that had used
    "THEFEW" were still to be found easily.

    the offer still stands if they ever take the
    idea seriously



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    Quote Originally Posted by gkmoz View Post

    Ed,

    Why didn't my post show the yellowfootprints URL

    and you can post it
    Probably for the same reason
    i've gotten 6 suspensions,
    15 cursings out,
    a blanket party,
    and ONE WOODEN NOVENA
    in here


    "it's an OLD INDIAN TRICK"




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    Quote Originally Posted by gkmoz View Post
    www yellowfootprints com
    Ed,
    Why didn't my post show the
    yellowfootprints URL
    and yous did ?

    yellowfootprints com
    www yellowfootprints com

    omit periods ?

    bigfriggin'deal -

    they cant get there by
    clicking on it-
    so screw'um.......
    in the land of the blind
    the ONE eyed man is king



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    If you have his serial number, it’ll be somewhat easy. If not, it is possible but not probable that you can use his social security number. Then go online and submit a request to the central records holding facility for the Marine Corps. If you have a copy of his DD214, that will have his serial number on it, and it will give you a list of places he served. A couple of options for assistance - if he served in the Korean War - contact a local chapter of the VFW. You should be able to speak to someone at the VA or speak to a Marine recruiter for other assistance.


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    the "date of entry" on his DD214 will be the day he "stood in the yellow footprints" at MCRD, which gives you a frame of reference when searching records, there were probably only about 4 platoons formed on that day for each of the 3 battalions at the recruit depot... you might be able to get more information from the Marine Corps Archives in DC, but the information will not be obtained QUICKLY...

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    http://www.leatherneck.com/forums/sh...ook-or-Records

    I have a section that's made to help search for information of records and platoon books...


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