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''[[United States|United States ]] >  [[United States Military Records|Military Records ]] >  [[World_War_II_United_States_Military_Records,_1941_to_1945|World War II, 1941 to 1945]]''  
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<div style="width: 73%; float: right"><div style="width: 100%; float: right"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[World_War_II_United_States_Military_Records,_1941_to_1945|World War II]]''</center></div><br>
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<br> Over 16.5 million men and women served in the armed forces during World War II, of whom 291,557 died in battle, 113,842 died from other causes, and 670,846 were wounded.
  
Over 16.5 million men and women served in the armed forces during World War II, of whom 291,557 died in battle, 113,842 died from other causes, and 670,846 were wounded.<br>
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=== <center>National WWII Memorial</center>  ===
  
=== Service Records  ===
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The introduction to the memorial on the web site says, "The memory of America's World War II generation is preserved within the physical memorial and through the World War II Registry of Remembrances, an individual listing of Americans who contributed to the war effort. Any U.S. citizen who helped win the war, whether a veteran or someone on the home front, is eligible for the Registry." The memorial was dedicated 29 May 2004. Visit their website [http://www.wwiimemorial.com National WWII Memorial] for more information.
  
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis maintains World War II Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF).  
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The [http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=intro WWII Registry] combines four databases of the names of Americans who are:
  
'''Please Note: '''On July 12, 1973, a disastrous [http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/fire-1973.html fire at the NPRC ]destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files. The affected record collections are described below.  
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*Buried in American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) overseas military cemeteries.  
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*Listed on official War and Navy Department Killed in Service rosters now held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
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*Honored by public enrollment in the Registry of Remembrances.
  
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=== <center>Research Tools</center> ===
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! Personnel and Period Affected
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| Personnel discharged November 1, 1912 to January 1, 1960
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| Air Force
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| Personnel discharged, September 25, 1947 to January 1, 1964<br>(with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.)
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| 75%
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No duplicate copies of the records that were destroyed in the fire were maintained, nor was a microfilm copy ever produced. There were no indexes created prior to the fire. In addition, millions of documents had been lent to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the fire occurred. Therefore, a complete listing of the records that were lost is not available. Nevertheless, NPRC uses many [http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/alternate-record-sources.html alternate sources ]in its efforts to reconstruct basic service information to respond to requests.  
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[http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/MadingleyUSACemetery.html WWII American Cemetery, Madingley, Cambridgeshire]: 3 miles west of Cambridge and donated by the University of Cambridge. This is the only American WWII burial ground in England. There are 3,800 white crosses and an additional wall with 5,000 names to pay tribute to the American servicemen and women who died in this war. You can read more about this on the website.
  
To '''order records''' from the National Personnel Records Center, in St. Louis:  
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=== <center>State World War II Records</center>  ===
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*[[Image:Alabama flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alabama Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Alabama]]
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*[[Image:Alaska flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alaska Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Alaska]]
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*[[Image:Arizona flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Arizona
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*[[Image:Arkansas flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arkansas Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Arkansas]]
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*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;California
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*[[Image:Colorado flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Colorado Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Colorado]]
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*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Connecticut
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*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Delaware Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Delaware]]
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*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;District of Columbia
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*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Florida Military Records#World War II (1941-1945)|Florida]]
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*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Georgia Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Georgia]]
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*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Hawaii Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Hawaii]]
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*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Idaho Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Idaho]]
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*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Illinois Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Illinois]]
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*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Indiana Military Records#World_War_II_.281941.E2.80.931945.29|Indiana]]
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*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Iowa
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*[[Image:Kansas flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kansas Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Kansas]]
  
*If you are a veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, use eVetRecs, at [http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ vetrecs.archives.gov ](or use the paper form, [http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html SF-180]);
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*[[Image:Kentucky flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kentucky Military Records#World War II (1941-1945)|Kentucky]]
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*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Louisiana Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Louisiana]]
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*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maine Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Maine]]
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*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maryland Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Maryland]]
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*[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Massachusetts
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*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Michigan Military Records#World War II (1941-1945)|Michigan]]
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*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Minnesota Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Minnesota]]
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*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Mississippi
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*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Missouri
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*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Montana
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*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Nebraska
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*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Nevada
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*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Hampshire Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|New Hampshire]]
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*[[Image:New Jersey flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;New Jersey
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*[[Image:New Mexico flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;New Mexico
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*[[Image:New York flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New York Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|New York]]
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*[[Image:North Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[North Carolina Military Records#World War II (1941-1945)|North Carolina]]
  
*All others, use [http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html Standard Form 180];
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*[[Image:North Dakota flag.png|border|22x17px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;North Dakota
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*[[Image:Ohio flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Ohio Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Ohio]]
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*[[Image:Oklahoma flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oklahoma Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Oklahoma]]
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*[[Image:Oregon flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Oregon
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*[[Image:Pennsylvania flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Pennsylvania Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Image:Rhode Island flag.png|border|21x20px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Rhode Island
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*[[Image:South Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Carolina Military Records#World War II (1941-1945)|South Carolina]]
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*[[Image:South Dakota flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;South Dakota
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*[[Image:Tennessee flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Tennessee Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Tennessee]]
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*[[Image:Texas flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Texas Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Texas]]
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*[[Image:Utah flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Utah Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Utah]]
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*[[Image:Vermont flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Vermont Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Vermont]]
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*[[Image:Virginia flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Virginia Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|Virginia]]
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*[[Image:Washington flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Washington
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*[[Image:West Virginia flag.png|border|22x12px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[West Virginia Military Records#World_War_II_.281941-1945.29|West Virginia]]
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*[[Image:Wisconsin flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Wisconsin
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*[[Image:Wyoming flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;Wyoming
  
*Written requests (using Standard Form 180, or letter) should be mailed to: National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
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Access to Military Service Records is limited. See [http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/public/general-public.html Services for Veterans, Next-of-Kin, or the Veteran's Representative ]for more information.
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=== <center>Websites</center>  ===
  
'''Please note:&nbsp;''' The service records of all former active military service personnel who were discharged, retired, or who had died in service, prior to 1949, are now [http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2008/nr08-14.html open to the public]. These archival records are treasured by family members, historians, researchers, and genealogists.  
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*[http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/MHI.htm United States Army Military History Institute]
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*[http://www.ancestralfindings.com/ww2links.htm World War II Links and Resources]
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*[http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories Experiencing War: Stories from the Veteran's History Project]
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*[http://members.aol.com/dadswar/index.htm Dad's War: Finding and Telling Your Father's World War II Story]<br>Use the information at this site to make sure a record of your own military service is preserved.
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*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cacunithistories/hr_mallory.htm Stories of the Survivors of the ship USS Henry Mallory]<br>This ship was part of the one of the largest convoy battles of WWII.  
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*[http://www.onwar.com/maps/wwii/ Maps of World War II] arranges WWII maps by place and date.
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*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_ww2.html World War II Maps] Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.
  
The National Archives has an online database of World War II Army Enlistment Records with more than 9 million entries. The database is in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) at&nbsp;[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=WR26 aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp]. Each record includes the serial number, enlistment date, birth year, and residence of the soldier.
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=== <center>Things you can do</center>  ===
  
=== Pension Records  ===
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>
  
The Department of Veteran Affairs has benefit claims files. Veteran files are located at the regional office closest to the residence of the veteran at the time of application. To find phone numbers and addresses look in the following source:
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*Johnson, Richard S. ''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=602751&disp=How+to+locate+anyone+who+is+or+has+been+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military].'' 7th ed. Ft. Sam Houston, Tex.: Military Information Enterprises, 1996. (FHL book 973 M27j 1996.) This book discusses various methods and addresses to locate and contact present and former military members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Reserve components.
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=== Cemetery Records  ===
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The American Battle Monument Commission has an online database of persons interred in World War II cemeteries overseas or missing in action. The database is available at http://www.abmc.gov/wardead/listings/wwii.php.
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The National Archives has a ''[http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ww2/army-casualties/index.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel]'' available through its Archival Research Catalog (ARC). Here, you will view a facsimile of a county-by-county alphabetical list of deceased soldiers, their serial number, rank, and type of death.
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The National Archives also has a ''[http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ww2/navy-casualties/index.html State Summary of War Casualties for World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel]'' available through its Archival Research Catalog (ARC). Each state list is alphabetical divided by the casualty type, including wounded and recovered. The list also shows next of kin address.
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Sailors who were killed or wounded in the war are named in the following:
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*U.S. Navy Department. Casualty Section, Office of Public Information. ''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=287905&disp=Combat+connected+naval+casualties%2C+Wor%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Combat Connected Naval Casualties World War II by States].'' 2 vols. n.p., n.d. (FHL book 973 M23un.) The names are arranged by state according to the address of the next of kin at notification. The entries contain the name of the sailor, rank, name of parents or wife, and address.
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*''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=226954&disp=Casualty+lists%2C+Pacific+naval+operatio++ Casualty Lists, Pacific Naval Operations, 1941–1946].'' Washington, D.C.: NPPSO Naval District Washington Microfilm Section, 1979. (FHL film 485330.) These lists are alphabetically arranged by operation and ship name. They contain service number, rank, service specialty number, and date of death.
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=== Draft Records  ===
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On 16 September 1940, President Roosevelt signed into law the first peacetime Selective Service Act.  During WWII, the Selective Service System conducted six draft registrations; these records are held collectively in two groupings at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, MO.
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The first group contains records from the 4th Registration, known as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft,” for those men whose year of birth was from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. The second group contains the Selective Service Records of the remainder of the WWII registrants, born from February 17, 1897 to July 31, 1927.
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'''Please note:''' as there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration birth years (1877 to 1900), some men may have registered twice and have both [http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww1/draft-registration/ WWI] and WWII draft records.
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==== How to Order a Draft Record  ====
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Copies of WWII Selective Service Records may be obtained from the National Personnel Records Center, in St. Louis, for a fee.
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Written requests should be mailed to: National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100.
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'''World War II Draft Registration Cards''', 1942, are partially indexed at [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1339071;t=browsable;w=0 Pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch].
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'''[[United States World War II Army Enlistment|ENLISTMENT RECORDS]]'''
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==== Information in a Draft Record  ====
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For men who registered for the draft prior to 1976, the only Selective Service System information available is that of the individual Draft Registration Card (SSS Form 1) and Classification History (SSS Form 102) records.
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All other individual draftee files from that period were destroyed by the Selective Service System in 1978, in accordance with approved records retention schedules. Physical examination and test results, medical letters, laboratory work and other medical documentation that may have been included in these files no longer exist.
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The individual Draft Registration Card (SSS Form 1) may contain information such as: name, Selective Service registration number, age, date and place of birth, ethnicity, place of residence at time of registration and basic physical description.
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The Classification History (SSS Form 102) may contain: name; date of birth; classification and date of mailing notice; date of appeal to the board; date and results of armed forces physical examination; entry into active duty or civilian work in lieu of induction (may include date, branch of service entered and mode of entry, such as enlisted or ordered); date of separation from active duty or civilian work; and general remarks.
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=== Unit Histories  ===
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==== Air Force &nbsp;  ====
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For information regarding offical military unit histories, contact:
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[http://www.afhra.af.mil/ U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency] <br>600 Chenault Circle <br>Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424 <br><br>Telephone: (334) 953-2395
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==== Army &nbsp;  ====
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For information regarding offical military unit histories, contact:
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[http://www.history.army.mil/index.html U.S. Army Center of Military History]<br>103 3rd Avenue<br>Fort Lesley J. McNair, DC 20319-5058<br><br>Telephone: (202) 685-4042
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For information regarding offical military unit histories, contact:
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[http://www.history.navy.mil/index.html U.S. Naval History &amp; Heritage Command]<br>Washington Navy Yard, Bldg 57 (3rd Floor)<br>Washington, DC 20374<br><br>Telephone: (202) 433-3224
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[http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/HD/ U.S. Marine Corps History Division]<br>3078 Upshur Avenue<br>Quantico, Virginia 22134<br><br>Telephone: (703) 432-4877
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For information regarding offical military unit histories, contact:
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[http://www.uscg.mil/history/ U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office]<br>Commandant (CG-09224)<br>U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters <br>2100 Second Street SW <br>Washington, D.C. 20593
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The bibliographies of this outline list published unit histories. For brief organizational and service histories of Army combat units see the following:
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*Maurer, Maurer, ed. ''Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II.'' Department of the Air Force, USAF Historical Division, Air University, 1969. Not found at the FHL.
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*Stanton, Shelby L. ''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=510503&disp=Order+of+battle%2C+U%2ES%2E+Army%2C+Worl%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Order of Battle, U.S. Army, World War II].'' Novato, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1984. (FHL book 973 M2st.)
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Information on WWII Marines has been collected by [http://fieldnotes.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/08/13/1263139.aspx Jerome Beau], volunteer historian. He has collected over 7600 histories on fellow Marine Raiders.
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[http://www.unithistories.com/default.asp The World War II ]website aims to give a full spectrum of data on World War II fighting units, including details on organization, commanders, and literature.
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The National Archives has an online searchable database entitled, [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-description.jsp?s=644&cat=WR26&bc=,sl "Records of World War II Prisoners of War, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946."] This series, part of Record Group 389, has information about U.S. military officers and soldiers and U.S. and some Allied civilians who were prisoners of war and internees.
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The record for each prisoner provides serial number, personal name, branch of service or civilian status, grade, date reported, race, state of residence, type of organization, parent unit number and type, place of capture (theater of war), source of report, status, detaining power, and prisoner of war or civilian internee camp site. Records of prisoners of the Japanese who died also document whether the prisoner was on a Japanese ship that sank or if he or she died during transport from the Philippine Islands to Japan. There are no records for some prisoners of war whose names appear in the lists or cables transmitted to the Office of the Provost Marshal General by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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Additional records and information on prisoners of war held by the German military are also located in Record Group 242, National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized.
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The following guide will also be helpful in locating prisoner records:
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*DeWhitt, Benjamin L., and Jennifer Davies Heaps, comps. ''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=632663&disp=Records+relating+to+personal+participati%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Records Relating to Personal Participation in World War II: American Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees].'' Ref. Information Paper 80. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Adminstration, 1992 (FHL book 973 A3rr.)
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=== National WWII Memorial<br> ===
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The introduction to the memorial on the web site says, "The memory of America's World War II generation is preserved within the physical memorial and through the World War II Registry of Remembrances, an individual listing of Americans who contributed to the war effort. Any U.S. citizen who helped win the war, whether a veteran or someone on the home front, is eligible for the Registry." The memorial was dedicated 29 May 2004. Visit their website for more information at http://www.wwiimemorial.com
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The [http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=intro WWII Registry] combines four databases of the names of Americans who are:
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• Buried in American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) overseas military cemeteries.
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• Listed on official War and Navy Department Killed in Service rosters now held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
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• Honored by public enrollment in the Registry of Remembrances.
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=== Sources for Further Reading  ===
 
=== Sources for Further Reading  ===
  
*Ancell, R. Manning, with Christine Miller. ''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=669223&disp=The+biographical+dictionary+of+World+War%20%20&columns=*,0,0 The Biographical Dictionary of World War II Generals and Flag Officers: The U.S. Armed Forces]. ''Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. (FHL book 973 D36anc.)  
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*Ancell, R. Manning, with Christine Miller. ''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F669223 The Biographical Dictionary of World War II Generals and Flag Officers: The U.S. Armed Forces]. ''Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. (FHL book 973 D36anc.)  
*DeWhitt, Benjamin L. “[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=283550&disp=Prologue+%28National+Archives%29++ World War II Ship’s Logs].” ''Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives'' 24 (Winter 1992): 400–4. (FHL book 973 B2p.)  
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United States Army Military History Institute: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/MHI.htm
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Experiencing War: Stories from the Veteran's History Project [http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/]
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<div class="plain">Dad's War: Finding and Telling Your Father's World War II Story - http://members.aol.com/dadswar/index.htm Use the information at this site to make sure a record of your own military service is preserved.</div><div class="plain"></div><div class="plain"></div><div class="plain">
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Stories of the Survivors of the ship [http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cacunithistories/hr_mallory.htm USS Henry Mallory].&nbsp; This ship was part of the one of the largest convoy battles of WWII.</div>
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The following Internet sites show maps of places and events of WWII:<br>&nbsp;[http://www.onwar.com/maps/wwii/ Maps of World War II] arranges the maps by place and date.
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Beginner's Corner
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News and Events

In May 2011, the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) completed construction of its new facility in St. Louis, Mo.



Over 16.5 million men and women served in the armed forces during World War II, of whom 291,557 died in battle, 113,842 died from other causes, and 670,846 were wounded.

National WWII Memorial

The introduction to the memorial on the web site says, "The memory of America's World War II generation is preserved within the physical memorial and through the World War II Registry of Remembrances, an individual listing of Americans who contributed to the war effort. Any U.S. citizen who helped win the war, whether a veteran or someone on the home front, is eligible for the Registry." The memorial was dedicated 29 May 2004. Visit their website National WWII Memorial for more information.

The WWII Registry combines four databases of the names of Americans who are:

  • Buried in American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) overseas military cemeteries.
  • Memorialized on ABMC Tablets of the Missing.
  • Listed on official War and Navy Department Killed in Service rosters now held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
  • Honored by public enrollment in the Registry of Remembrances.

Research Tools

WWII American Cemetery, Madingley, Cambridgeshire: 3 miles west of Cambridge and donated by the University of Cambridge. This is the only American WWII burial ground in England. There are 3,800 white crosses and an additional wall with 5,000 names to pay tribute to the American servicemen and women who died in this war. You can read more about this on the website.

State World War II Records

Websites

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