What I am saying is--I thought I had confirmed information on the death certificate. It seemed odd to me that the younger brother is stated as being a WW2 Veteran. I KNEW my father was a vet, and I knew the younger brother did not serve in any military. So what peeked my interest is the SAME social security number for 2 brother's. And I stumbled on this one day. Wasn't even looking for it. I have had these death certifates at least 10 years before I noticed this. You are right, death certificates are only as good as the informant.
The 2nd discrepancy was my father got his social security number, Jan 1941, he was 18 according to the certificate. I am familiar with my father's handwriting. My father didn't marry my mother until 1945 AFTER he came out of the War with an injury.
His younger brother got his number June 1941. It said the age was 19 and he was married. He was 4 years younger. Neither was married. AND to top it all the younger brother's name is misspelled JessIE, it should be JesSE. It was signed Jesse. The signature was totally different from other handwriting. By the way I have Social Security Applications for family that were typed, and handwritten by someone else. It's the signature that always tells me a story.
I looked for the younger brother, in military records, under the shared SS# and it came back to my Father--always.
As you say and I believe, the younger brother got into some serious trouble, left town and used my father's number to get some type of job. I had confirmed birthdates years earlier by looking at the 1930 census and one of the sister's had given me the same year as the census. I have picture's of all of the sister's and brother's EXCEPT Jesse. No one would talk about him. Everybody would say--oh he was always in some kind of trouble. So sometimes you have to reread and compare old documents. One can cancel out another and then there's another mystery to be sorted through.
I only order Original Social Security applications, when I can't find any other confirmed information. Too Costly to make a money mistake.