Internet Tools to Find
Men or Women who knew your Veteran:
This letter was furnished
to past Reunion Chair Caryn Neff whose father,
Otha Starkey, served in the Headquarters Company
of 314th Regiment. It is a good approach to
finding people using the power of the Internet.
Phil Jackson is the person that sent the letter
below to Caryn, and Phil’s father served
in Headquarter of Company I of 314th Regiment.
I've been doing a rather exhaustive search for
I Company men who knew my father. Remarkably,
I have found 3 or 4. I remember we emailed about
using internet tools to find men who knew your
Dad. Here's the steps I've been using to locate
(1.) I use USSearch to search
for the name including the middle initial and
try to limit the search to those over 80. Fortunately
there were a lot of rather unique and unusual
names back then. Hopefully I find only one person
who meets the criteria. This will also narrow
the search because it gives the city/state in
which they live.
(2.) Next I go to white pages.com
to look for their address and/or phone number.
USSearch has a habit of including people who
have died so you need to check here for the
latest information. Whitepages.com gives you
their info for free so you don't have to pay
for it on USSearch unless you want to.
“I've had reasonable
success doing this and I know you've been searching
for men who knew your father. I hope this helps.
I just received a copy from the National Archives
of an order from the 314th that awarded the
Combat Infantry Badge to the men of the 314th.
It's 37 pages long and your father's name is
listed under the Regimental HQ Company. The
copy they sent is pretty dark. I have to lighten
it up and then I'll scan it. When I do, I'll
email it to you and it might be a good list
of names to try to contact.”