Just so I am clear with my reply, the issue is the Veteran's Personnel File. Only the Veteran can obtain his/her personnel file, if the Veteran is alive. If the Veteran is deceased, then the widow/widower of the Veteran may obtain the personnel file.
If the Veteran & spouse are deceased, then the oldest child of that union may obtain the Veteran's Personnel File. If the oldest child is deceased, then the next oldest sibling may obtain the personnel file.
However, I know of exceptions. A Veteran who never married (no children), his personnel file was obtained by the wife of a nephew of the Veteran. The wife of the nephew was able to provide documents that the Veteran never married, & document how her husband was related to the Veteran.
Personally, I hope that in 50 years or so, when all the children of the WW 2 Veterans are deceased, WW 2 Personnel Files are placed in the Public Domain. I'll not be here to read them, but hopefully Historians will 50 years from now.
Richard V. Horrell
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