Military History/WWII Navy


I have a relative that service in WWII in the Navy. His rate and rank are AS V-6 he served on the USS Pennsylvania BB-38 from 31 Jan 1942 till 14 Apr 1943 then he served on the USS Mobile CL-63 from Apr 1943 till 1 Sep 1945.

Can you shed some light on what his life during this time could have been like? I know that AS stands for Apprentice Seaman but I'm have trouble finding out what V-6 stood for. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Doing a little research, I found that V-6 during WWII was a designation for someone who volunteered and was guaranteed being discharged within six months after the war was over.

As for life as an apprentice seaman, that is a rank rather than a description of a job. So it could be just about anything.

His job (military occupational specialty) would be found in his personnel records. All WWII personnel records should be available at the National Archives Military Personnel division in St. Louis. However, only the veteran or the veteran's next of kin can receive copies. ry this website for more info on that:

If you'd like to try to get more info on the ships, I'd suggest contacting the U.S. Navy's history division, the Navy History and Heritage Command. Their website is:

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