While the military keeps records of service personnel who are on active duty, it does not track people who formerly served in the Marines. If the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has an address on record, it can usually forward a message for you, and some veterans' reunion organizations such as Together We Served offer Marine locator services.
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs cannot release personal information about a former Marine for privacy reasons. However, it can forward a message from you, provided the VA has a current address on record. To use the VA messaging system, write a letter to your friend and place it in a stamped, unsealed envelope. Next, write a letter to VA describing the person you are trying to find; include the veteran's service details if you can. Put both letters in another envelope, and deliver it to your nearest VA regional office. The VA will mail your letter to the address it has on file. It is then up to your friend to contact you.
Together We Served
Together We Served reunites more U.S. veterans each year than any other organization, so if you served in the Marines and are looking for a former buddy, this is a good place to start. You'll need to create a profile to make contact with other veterans. From the home page, click the "Join Now" button, then enter your details. You'll be taken to a profile page where you can fill out your units or duty stations, with associated time frames, and from there view a list of old service friends.
Vet Connect – also known as Google for Veterans – was specifically created to help veterans and their loved ones connect with each other. It's free to sign up, which you can do using your Google Plus account. Once on the platform, you'll be asked to submit your service experiences, and Google will look up former Marines with similar service details. If your friend is listed, you can add him to your circles and send a private message through the Google Plus platform.
Military.com Buddy Finder
Military.com holds over 20 million records for current and former members of the military, including information obtained from Military.com membership lists and the Department of Defense personnel records. To start your search, simply fill out the form on the Buddy Finder home page. Provide as much identifying information as possible such as full name, pay grade, job code and approximate age, and then hit "Find Buddy." The website will look up former Marines for you.
USMC Military Reunions
The Marine Corps is not able to assist in locating former Marines, but its website does contain links to special interest organizations that might be able to help you. Simply click on a link for details. The Marine Corps' sister website, Marine Corps Community Services, contains lists of past and upcoming reunions and similar veterans' events. The site lists contact information for the event organizers, who might provide some favorable information.
How to Look Up People Who Were in the ...
How to Find Old Army Buddies Online
How to Find Old Friends From Elementary ...
How to Set Up a Page for Class Reunions ...
How to Find Someone Listed in the ...
How to Make Invitations on Facebook
How to Find Deceased High School Alumni
How to Find Out Who a Phone Number ...
How to Find Someone in Scotland
How to Be a Good Girlfriend to a Soldier
How to Get an American Soldier's Email ...
How to Map German Surnames
How to Find an Ex Boyfriend Online
How to Find an Old Friend in Canada
How to Find People Looking for Me
How to Find a Pen Pal for Adults
How to Find an Obituary
How to Find a Friend in Japan
How to Find Your Dad That You Have ...
How to Find a Prison Inmate in ...
A former corporate real estate lawyer, Jayne Thompson writes about law, business and personal finance, drawing on 17 years’ experience in the legal sector. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Birmingham and a Masters in International Law from the University of East London. Her work has appeared on numerous legal blogs including Quittance, Upcounsel and Medical Negligence Experts. Find her at www.whiterosecopywriting.com.