World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945

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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 website 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


National Veterans Gravesite Administration

  • National Cemetery Administration. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Listing.
  • Nationwide Gravesite Locator. Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

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