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MOS specifications for WWII USMC?

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#1 ggent001



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Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:49 AM

HI folks,

I'm trying to figure out the MOS for a WWII Marine. The MOS reads 501 but I can't seem to figure out what this stands for. Does anyone havea good link or resource for decoding WWII USMC MOS codes?


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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:12 AM

You could try here, but I don't see a 501 for the USMC HyperWar: USMC Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Table--WWII
You can also check this answer from a Col. Lynn which explains how to get the information.
"Dear Hubert Ryan,
The following information was provided by the U.S. Naval Historical Center at 202-433-4132: call the U.S. National Archives at 301-837-3510 and request a copy of NAVMAC 1008-PD. A archivist also said to me that located in the archives are the U.S. Navy Bureau of Personnel or BUPERS records which contain both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps MOS listing. You want to request Record Group 24 BUPERS and Record Group 127-U.S. Marines. The FAX for the U.S. National Archives is 301-837-1752. The web site for the U.S. National Archives is the following: National Archives and Records Administration. If you are requesting by letter, the following information is needed: complete mailing address, daytime telephone number, and specify the request in detail. Send the letter to:
U.S. NationalArchives
Textual Records Reference Staff of the National Archives
Room 2400
8601 Delphi Road
College Park, Maryland 20740"
Military History: WW II MOS list, marine corps mos, radar repair

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:37 PM

You may also want to consider the possibility that it is a typo. For example, in the HyperWar link that Lou provided, there is a 521 Other Duty (PFC/Private). On the other hand, that list looks rather short and may not be comprehensive. The other answer that Lou found looks promising. You may want to check with your local library and see if they can track down a copy of NAVMAC 1008-PD which seems to be the publication which contains a Marine MOS list for the WW2 period. Or, if you're patient, you may want to wait and see if someone here has a copy and can look it up for you.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:17 AM

Thanks a lot for your help guys!

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:27 AM

I can say for sure that the HyperWar list is only a fragment, no listing for riflemen, machinegunners, mortarmen, tankers, communicators, wiremen, artillery gun crew men, FDC, intelligence, .......
"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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