Locating Former Marines:
The Separations and Retirement Branch (MMSR-6) assists individuals wishing to locate former or retired Marines. To request assistance with locating a former or retired Marine there is a 3 step process.
Step #1. Write a letter to the person you wish to contact. Seal the letter in a return labeled and stamped envelope. Write the name of the Marine on the letter but leave the address portion blank.
Step #2. Write another letter in which you state that you would like to have the enclosed letter forwarded to the Marine that you are trying to locate. Include as much information about the person as possible, i.e. full name, last know rank, year of retirement or separation, and units they may have served with.
Step #3. Package the letter, and your return addressed, stamped letter, in another envelope. Address the envelope to:
Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps
Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MMSR-6 )
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103
Please do not send correspondence via certified or registered mail because it will delay processing.
The Separations and Retirement Branch will use DFAS records and other military data bases to attempt to locate an address to forward your letter.
Once the letter is forwarded, it will be up to the individual you are looking for to decide if they wish to respond. There is no guarantee that the Separations and Retirement Branch will be able to honor your request or that the address available will be correct. It is important that you provide adequate information about the individual you are looking for, to ensure that in cases of Marines with common names, the letter is forwarded to the right person.
For more information, contact MMSR-6 at (703) 784-9310/1/2 or (800) 336-4649 Option#0.
Leatherneck runs a monthly column titled "Mail Call." The column is free and printed on a space-available basis. Write:
Mail Call Editor
P.O. Box 1775
Quantico, VA 22134
or send an e-mail to the Mail Call Editor. Include any information such as names, units served in, locations, dates, etc., to help identify the Marine. Allow two to three months for publication. (Leatherneck reserves the right to edit or reject any request for correspondence.)
Locating Active-Duty Marines:
To locate active-duty Marines, contact the Marine Corps World Wide Locator at Quantico, Va. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET). Call: (703) 784-3942. The address is:
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
Personnel Management Support Branch
2008 Elliot Rd.
Quantico, VA 22134-5030
For Marines with common last names, a Social Security number may be required.
Additionally, base locators are available at all major USMC commands.