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    Navy Job

    My fiancee is trying to find out more information about her grandfather.

    He served in Korea and unfortunately the bulk of his records were destroyed in a records fire. One of the pieces of information we do have is his job or specialty designation AX 6533 however, we can't find what that means. So I was wondering if anyone on here might know.
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    You may have more success on Military.com. I've seen posts like this before on that website and theyf requently yield at least some information. Good luck.
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    thanks, that will be my next stop then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignatzami
    specialty designation AX 6533
    AX 6533 looks like an enlisted rating plus NEC (naval enlisted classification) AX would be Aviation Antisubmarine Warefare Technician (phased out in 1991), the four digit code probably designates the particular type of aircraft he was trained to work on.
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    Marine Corps Vietnam codes: 6533 Aviation Ordnance Chief

    This site has the same code designation currently

    http://www.3rdmarines.net/Vietnam_usmc_mos.htm

    So the marine MOS codes are based on numbers. However Navy codes are actually called ratings and are based on letters. The Letters AX used to be Aviation Antisubmarine Warefare Technician but were merged into Aviation Electronics Technician on 1 January 1991.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...s_Navy_ratings

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    http://www.bluejacket.com/usn_ratings.html
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    Ok.... potentially dumb question.

    How does a navy guy trained for anti-submarine end up in Korea to step on a land mine???
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    Yeah, there is no tellin. Unless he was cross trained in other things. The rating was merged later so maybe they were doing more of the aviation electronics stuff back then too. Since they didn't need them on mines, they may have put them to work on aviation stuff. That's my guess.

    Unless he changed rates at some point.
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    Well, the problem we are having is the info doesn't make sense and he won't talk about his time in the service.

    He says he was in the Army, yet the only records we can find under his name are in the Navy and he has one of those baseball caps with a navy ship on it that all Navy vets seem to wear.

    We know he is a vet as he's always used the veterans hospital in Seattle.

    We know he was wounded, ostensibly when his buddy stepped on a land mine, and he was supposedly decorated with a purple heart, which his wife lost when they moved years ago.

    She want's to find out as much as possible but he won't talk about it and his wife doesn't know much in the way of details that could help.

    It's very frustrating.
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    You can try to contact the personnel office or the VA. But you will need a release of information signed by him. Do you have his DD2-14? That can help, it will have a list of awards on it. You can get a copy of that also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignatzami
    Ok.... potentially dumb question.

    How does a navy guy trained for anti-submarine end up in Korea to step on a land mine???


    He may possibly have been UDT. Back then you had to have a source rate to go in those speciality programs, AX may have been one.

    These days the different areas of specwar in the Navy are their own rates.

    Other than that, who knows? Maybe he was part of a landing party of some kind for some odd reason or another.
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