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[[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]] provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.  
 
[[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]] provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.  
  
Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives and other federal and state archives. At the state level, the following sources are available.
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Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives and other federal and state archives. At the state level, the following sources are available.  
  
 
=== Forts  ===
 
=== Forts  ===
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Published rosters of soldiers include:  
 
Published rosters of soldiers include:  
  
*Chapin, Howard. M. ''A List of Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors in King George's War: 1740-1748''. Providence: Rhode Island Historical Society, 1920. (Family History Library {{FHL|4956|title-id|disp=book 974.5 M2ch; film 1425647 item 11}}.)  
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*Chapin, Howard. M. ''A List of Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors in King George's War: 1740-1748''. Providence: Rhode Island Historical Society, 1920. {{WorldCat|8121330|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|4956|item|disp=FHL book 974.5 M2ch; film 1425647 item 11}}.)  
*Chapin, Howard M. ''Rhode Island in the Colonial Wars; A List of Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors in the Old French and Indian War 1755-1762''. Providence: Rhode Island Historical Society, 1918. (Family History Library {{FHL|172035|title-id|disp=book 974.5 M2c; film 1425576 item 5.)}}
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*Chapin, Howard M. ''Rhode Island in the Colonial Wars; A List of Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors in the Old French and Indian War 1755-1762''. Providence: Rhode Island Historical Society, 1918. {{WorldCat|57262595|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|172035|item|disp=FHL book 974.5 M2c; film 1425576 item 5.)}}
  
The Rhode Island Historical Society has additional military records of soldiers who served from 1731 to 1774 (Family History Library {{FHL|280350|title-id|disp=films 953925-30}}).
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The Rhode Island Historical Society has additional military records of soldiers who served from 1731 to 1774 {{FHL|280350|item|disp=FHL films 953925-30}}).  
  
Societies:
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Societies:  
  
The Rhode Island Society of the Colonial Dames has published several year books listing members and describing their lineage from Colonial soldiers and other prominent men.
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The Rhode Island Society of the Colonial Dames has published several year books listing members and describing their lineage from Colonial soldiers and other prominent men.  
  
:*First Record Book of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1897 ([http://books.google.com/books?id=pWEUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books])
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:*First Record Book of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1897 ([http://books.google.com/books?id=pWEUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books])  
:*Second Record Book of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1898 ([http://books.google.com/books?id=pWEUAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books])
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:*Second Record Book of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1898 ([http://books.google.com/books?id=pWEUAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books])  
 
:*Third Record Book of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1908 ([http://books.google.com/books?id=fTMRAQAAMAAJ&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books])
 
:*Third Record Book of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1908 ([http://books.google.com/books?id=fTMRAQAAMAAJ&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books])
  
 
=== Revolutionary War (1775-1783)  ===
 
=== Revolutionary War (1775-1783)  ===
  
The Family History Library and the National Archives have the federal service and pension records and indexes for the Revolutionary War. The Rhode Island Historical Society also has military papers for 1774 to 1792 (Family History Library {{FHL|280350|title-id|disp=film 953931-37}}; {{FHL|353894|title-id|disp=954925-55}}).  
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The Family History Library and the National Archives have the federal service and pension records and indexes for the Revolutionary War. See FamilySearch Historical Records for online digital images.  
  
*A published roster of soldiers is in Benjamin Crowell, ''Spirit of '76 in Rhode Island. . . .''(Boston: A. J. Wright, 1850; Family History Library {{FHL|24413|title-id|disp=book 974.5 M2cbe; fiche 6046885}}). An index is in Volume 12 of Vital Records of Rhode Island (see [[Rhode Island Vital Records]]). This volume also lists officers and pensioners living in 1820, 1835, and 1840 (Family History Libary {{FHL|297884|title-id|disp=book 974.5 V2a; film 908273 item 2; fiche 6046912}}).
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:*{{RecordSearch|1849623|United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783}}
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:*{{RecordSearch|1417475|United States, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications}}
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*The Rhode Island Historical Society also has military papers for 1774 to 1792 {{FHL|280350|item|disp=FHL film 953931-37}}; {{FHL|353894|item|disp=FHL film 954925-55}})
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*A published roster of soldiers is in Benjamin Crowell, ''Spirit of '76 in Rhode Island. . . .''(Boston: A. J. Wright, 1850; {{WorldCat|2178366|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|24413|item|disp=FHL book 974.5 M2cbe; fiche 6046885}} An index is in Volume 12 of Vital Records of Rhode Island (see [[Rhode Island Vital Records]]). This volume also lists officers and pensioners living in 1820, 1835, and 1840 {{FHL|297884|item|disp=FHL book 974.5 V2a; film 908273 item 2; fiche 6046912}} A digital version available through the FHL catalog entry.
  
 
'''The 1835 Pension Roll'''  
 
'''The 1835 Pension Roll'''  
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=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
 
=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
  
The Family History Library has copies of the National Archives federal service and pension indexes. The library also has state military papers that include some enlistment certificates for soldiers (Family History Library {{FHL|365957|title-id|disp=films 954957-58}}).  
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The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.<br><br> See the Wiki article, [[Rhode Island in the War of 1812|Rhode Island in the War of 1812]], for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Rhode Island.<br>
  
Rhode Island State Archives, ''Military papers- War of 1812 : 1792-1794, 1812-1816'' ( Salt Lake City, Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974) 2 Microfil Reels, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F365957 FHL Films 954957 Item 1 &amp; 2 Film 954958]<br>
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There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see [[United States in the War of 1812|United States in the War of 1812]]''.''
  
=== Mexican War (1846-1848) ===
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=== Mexican War (1846-1848) ===
  
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The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. <br>  
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*''Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926''. (NARA T317). {{FHL|0537000|item|disp=FHL films 0537000–13}} Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:<br>
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:*{{RecordSearch|1979390|United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])<br>
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*Robarts, William Hugh. ''Mexican War Veterans&nbsp;: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848…'' Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: Brentano’s, 1887. {{FHL|1854496|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2rwh}} Digital version available at [http://archive.org/details/mexicanwarvetera00roba Internet Archive].<br>
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Click on these links to learn more about the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War]] and about [[US Mexican War Pension Records|Mexican War pension records]]. <br>  
  
 
=== Civil War (1861-1865)  ===
 
=== Civil War (1861-1865)  ===
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The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors&nbsp;System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.  
 
The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors&nbsp;System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.  
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=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br>  ===
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The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.
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'''Indexes'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1919699|United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} (NARA T288). (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. The index covers veterans of the Civil War, '''Spanish‑American War,''' Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion (1900 to 1901), and the regular Army, Navy, and Marine forces. ([[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
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*{{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
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Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].
  
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
  
*United States. Selective Service System. ''Rhode Island, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. (On Family History Library {{FHL|1852212|film|disp=films beginning with 1852212}}) These cards have been digitized and are searchable online. See [[United States World War I Draft Records|WWI Draft Records]] for more information.
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World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.
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*United States. Selective Service System. ''Rhode Island, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. {{FHL|746998|item|disp=FHL films 1852212 (first film)}} Also available at:
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:*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} (FamilySearch) - free
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[[United States World War I Draft Records|United States World War I Draft Records]] provides additional information.  
  
 
=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
 
=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
  
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On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.
  
=== Additional Military Records  ===
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*{{RecordSearch|1339071|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)}} (FamilySearch) - free
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*{{RecordSearch|1861144|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942}} (images with partial index) (FamilySearch) - free
  
The '''[http://www.sec.state.ri.us/Archives/statearchives/index.html Rhode Island State Archives]''' has a card index to military and naval records for the years 1774 to 1805. The Family History Library has a copy on 19 microfilms (Family History Library {{FHL|277354|title-id|disp=films 934758-74}} and {{FHL|277354|title-id|disp=1000369}}).
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:Also available at:<br>
  
State records from the World War I to the present are at the Adjutant General's Office, Command Readiness Center, 645 New London Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island 02920- 3097, Telephone: 401-457-4102, Fax: 401-457-4338.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://www.fold3.com/title_765/wwii_old_mans_draft_registration_cards Fold3] ($).
  
[http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ri/rifiles.htm '''Rhode Island USGenweb Project Archives''']  
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[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II United States Military Records]] provides additional information.  
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=== Korean War (1950–1953)  ===
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The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.  
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=== Vietnam War (1964–1972)  ===
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The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
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=== Additional Military Records  ===
  
=== Web Sites  ===
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*FamilySearch Hisotrical Records online: {{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War With Spain, 1898}}
  
=== References  ===
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*The '''[http://www.sec.state.ri.us/Archives/statearchives/index.html Rhode Island State Archives]''' has a card index to military and naval records for the years 1774 to 1805. The Family History Library has a copy on 19 microfilms {{FHL|277354|item|disp=FHL films 934758 (first of 19)}}
  
''Rhode Island Research Outline.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.  
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*State records from the World War I to the present are at the Adjutant General's Office, Command Readiness Center, 645 New London Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island 02920- 3097, Telephone: 401-457-4102, Fax: 401-457-4338.
  
:NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into this Wiki site and is being updated as time permits.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ri/rifiles.htm '''Rhode Island USGenweb Project Archives''']
  
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{{Rhode Island|Rhode Island}} {{State Military Records}}  
  
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Rhode Island Introduction

U.S. Military Records provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.

Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives and other federal and state archives. At the state level, the following sources are available.

Contents

Forts

Fort Adams -- Textual records of this fort, 1851-1913, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920, under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).

One fort on Goat Island, Rhode Island, was given the following 5 names over a period of many years: Fort Liberty, Fort Anne, Fort George, Fort Washington and Fort Wolcott.  See "Goat Island".

Colonial Wars (1731-1774)

Published rosters of soldiers include:

The Rhode Island Historical Society has additional military records of soldiers who served from 1731 to 1774 FHL films 953925-30).

Societies:

The Rhode Island Society of the Colonial Dames has published several year books listing members and describing their lineage from Colonial soldiers and other prominent men.

  • First Record Book of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1897 (Google Books)
  • Second Record Book of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1898 (Google Books)
  • Third Record Book of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island..." published 1908 (Google Books)

Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

The Family History Library and the National Archives have the federal service and pension records and indexes for the Revolutionary War. See FamilySearch Historical Records for online digital images.

The 1835 Pension Roll

On June 5, 1834, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of War to submit a statement showing the names of pensioners who were on the pension rolls or had previously been on the pension rolls. For more information on the 1835 Pension Roll see Revolutionary War Pension Records. The pension Roll for Rhode Island is available online.

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.

See the Wiki article, Rhode Island in the War of 1812, for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Rhode Island.

There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see United States in the War of 1812.

Mexican War (1846-1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861-1865)

Major General Ambrose Burnside of Rhode Island
See Rhode Island in the Civil War for information about Rhode Island Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Rhode Island regiments involved in the Civil War. The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

Spanish-American War (1898)

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.

Indexes

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

  • United States. Selective Service System. Rhode Island, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. FHL films 1852212 (first film) Also available at:

United States World War I Draft Records provides additional information.

World War II (1941-1945)

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

Also available at:

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)

The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)

The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Additional Military Records

  • State records from the World War I to the present are at the Adjutant General's Office, Command Readiness Center, 645 New London Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island 02920- 3097, Telephone: 401-457-4102, Fax: 401-457-4338.

 

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