Friend of the family would like to find out about her Dad's service years in the Navy, Duty stations etc. He was a WW2 vet, and has passed away.
Anybody know who to contact to see if they can get a copy of his service records?
Just Google DD 214.
www.archives.com/Military/Records ,family members can get copies of all or part may take some time or have to pay for some items
In addition to the official routes already mentioned, I've had some amazing results in Ancestry.com. I was able to track down my dad's WW2 and Korean War information. This included details from his boot camp, follow-on ("A school, we'd call it) training, and overseas deployments with Marine aviation. About 200 pages of original records. I also found some basic info on my father-in-law's time in a German POW camp, and "Missing in Action" reports on an Army Air Corp relative.
If your friend has an Ancestry subscription....or a guest subscription...or knows someone that has an Ancestry account... they can access a huge data base of military records.
Just recently I went to the local Veterans Service Office trying to find some info about a Navy Unit Commendation for where I was stationed at NavFac Ramey in the late 60's. The VSO said that the first thing I needed to do was fill out a form he had and would fax to some DOD office (or whatever). He said if they respond, it would include my entire military service record - bases, dates, etc., and would be mailed to me and said it was commonly referred to as "page 5" of this form. He said it might take several weeks - you know how the gov-mint works...
So, I'm waiting to see if I get a response, and I'd recommend to you that you first start by contacting your local Veterans Service Office. As far as I know, every state has them, but I couldn't guarantee that, as they are State government employees (not military) whose job it is to assist veterans obtain information.
Hope this helps your cause.