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Q: Finding an old army buddy ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Finding an old army buddy
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ford36-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 01 Jan 2004 09:57 PST
Expires: 31 Jan 2004 09:57 PST
Question ID: 292093
Chuck Horvat was from Westmorelandcity PA we were in the army together
stationed in Japan in 1957 and 1958 and a friend of ours Stan
Silberstein and I would like to try and find him.Do you do searchs for
people and what do they usually cost.

Clarification of Question by ford36-ga on 01 Jan 2004 13:53 PST
Chuck Horvats' age would be about 68 and it might be Charles Horvat
and he would probably have graduated around 1953
  Robert Ford
Subject: Re: Finding an old army buddy
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 01 Jan 2004 14:46 PST
Hi Robert,

As cynthia-ga noted below, we cannot give you personal identifying
information in our answers - however providing techniques and
resources to achieve your task is allowed.

People searching using online resources has varying results, depending
on how much someone cares about privacy (i.e. is their phone number
unlisted) and how often they shift residence. When the target is older
they tend to be less likely to move around, and therefore easier to
trace. Here is a technique that usually finds them for free (if their
name isn't too common and they are in the phonebook), followed by some
good paid resources if that doesn't work.

Step 1
Go to and search for him by name and select All
States. Use their proper first name rather than and abbreviation or

In the results look for someone with the target's age. If the name
isn't common you should only get one match. The result tells you which
state they were living in, and when. Sometimes the names of others
living with them are listed, if they have the same surname.

Step 2
Use an online white pages service to search for them by name and
state. The easiest is Google - just search for the person's name
followed by the two-letter state abbreviation. At the top of the
results page will be any phonebook listings that match.  If there is
just one result, then it is highly likely to be the person you are
looking for.

I prefer to use Argali - it meta-searches all the phonebooks, and is a
free (ad-supported) downloadable program:

Otherwise you can try:


Smart Pages

Step 3
If you still have multiple possibilities, return to the Intellius
results page. Scroll to the bottom and click on the link that says
Advanced. For each of the possibilities found in the phonebook, refine
the search by adding a city and state. If the refined search pulls up
the person's name and age, then you have found the correct city to
match it.

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Best wishes,
Subject: Re: Finding an old army buddy
From: cynthia-ga on 01 Jan 2004 10:25 PST
Researchers are not allowed to give personal, identifying information
in answers, however we are able to direct you to the information, if
it available.

I did a quick name search and found a Chuck Horvat in Pittsburgh, you
can find a reference to him on the cached Google page.  Scroll most of
the way down and you will see the name highlighted in yellow.  No
guarantee this is the right person, as there is no mention of age, but
from the article, it would be easy to make a couple phone calls to
find out.

Even better, go to

From there, choose the RESIDENTIAL residential tab.

Next, type in the last name HORVAT, leave the first name area blank. 

For CITY type this:  WESTMRLND CTY

****Be sure to check the box that asks if you want surrounding areas checked.


This brings up 22 Horvat results.  

Start calling, it's a holiday, what a great time to make calls...

Good luck, let us know how you fare.

Subject: Re: Finding an old army buddy
From: vorfeed-ga on 07 Jan 2004 15:16 PST
Because Mr. Horvat was in the Army, you may be able to narrow down
your search using a military personnel locator. Here are a few you
could try. Buddy Finder

Military Connections

At the very least, these should help you find some middle initials for
some Charles Horvats who were in the Army, which might narrow down
your phone search. I had some success with finding a Charles Horvat of
around the correct age using's finder. Using this, and
the phone database robertskelton-ga posted, you may be able to call
this man and find out if he is in fact your old buddy.

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