Thursday, May 5, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Military Record

I recently wrote that I had sent for my paternal grandfather's military service record.  I received it last week, and spent this evening running the 251 pages through a scanner.

Cover letter - click to enlarge.

Here's just one quick reason why this is a good idea and you should do this if you have a close relative who was a military service member:

Beneficiary Slip, click to enlarge.
This Beneficiary Slip contains the names and addresses of the service member's next of kin - who gets the death benefits if he is killed on duty.  In this case, it was his family - wife and children.  The address is where they lived at the time, which I had from other sources, but would be quite valuable information to help search if I had not already had it.  There are a number of these slips in the service record, covering a number of years.  This could help document family moves.  It can also help document children - names, and when they were born if one shows up on a later slip that was not on an earlier one.

Treasure Chest Thursday – create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family. A special thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures for suggesting Treasure Chest Thursday as a daily blogging theme!  (Blurb shamelessly stolen from Thomas McEntee at Geneabloggers!)