Hawaii Military Records
Federal military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal archives.
To begin your search for Hawaiian military records, contact the Hawaii State Archives for the following:
- Pre-1895. Service records of Hawaiian royal guards, militia units, and navy.
- Civil War (1861-65).Card list of deceased veterans.
- 1894-98. List of members of the citizens guards of the Republic of Hawaii.
- Ahua Point Military Reservation - (unknown dates), Ahua Point
- Aiea Heights Military Reservation - (1941 - unknown), Aiea Heights
- Aliamanu Military Reservation - (unknown - 1948/present), near Foster Village
- Alewa Heights Military Reservation - (1942 - unknown), Honolulu
- Port Allen / Hanapepe Bay Defenses - (1941 - 1945), near Port Allen
- Anahulu Flats Military Reservation - (1941 - unknown), Anahulu Flats
- Fort Armstrong - (1899 - 1949/1974), Honolulu
- Ashley Military Reservation - (1939 - unknown), Ashley Station
- Barbers Point Military Reservation - (1921 - unknown), Barbers Point (Kalaeloa)
- Fort Barrette - (1931 - 1948), Kapolei
- Brodie Camp Military Reservation - (1942 - 1948), Brodie Camp Four
- Fort DeRussy - (1904 - 1949/present), Waikiki
- Fort Elizabeth (State Historical Park) - (1815 - 1860), Waimea
- Ewa Marine Corps Air Station - (1942 - 1952), Ewa
- Fort Halehui - (1809 - 1813 ?), Honolulu
- Fort Hase - (1918 - 1948/present), Mokapu
- Hawaii Arsenal - (1915 - unknown), Honolulu
- Heeia Military Reservation - (1943 - unknown), near Heeia
- Hickam Field Battery - (1935 - present), Hickam Village
- Hilo Defenses - (1941 - 1945), near Hilo
- Ho'oki'o Fortifications - (1778), near Lana'i City
- 'Iolani Barracks - (1871 - 1950), Honolulu
- Kaaawa Military Reservation - (1927 - 1940), Ka'a'awa
- Kaena Point Military Reservation - (1923 - 1948/present), Ka'ena Point
- Kahana Military Reservation - (1942 - unknown), near Kahana
- Kahuku Ranch Military Reservation - (1941 - unknown), near Kahuku
- Kahului Defenses - (1940's), Kahului and Kihei
- Kakaako Battery - (1860's ? - 1893 ?), Honolulu
- Fort Kamakahonu - (1819 - 1855 ?), Kailua-Kona
- Fort Kamehameha - (1907 - 1949/present), Pearl Harbor
- Kawaihapai Military Reservation - (1929 - unknown), near Camp Erdman
- Kawailoa Military Reservation - (1939 - unknown), Kawailoa area
- Kawela Military Reservation - (1941 - unknown), Kawela
- Fort Kekuanohu - (1816 - 1857), Honolulu
- Koko Head Military Reservation - (unknown dates), near Hawai'i Kai
- Kokololio Military Reservation - (unknown dates), near Hauula
- Kualoa Military Reservation - (1942 - 1952), near Kualoa Ranch
- Kure Island - (1942 - 1946/present), Kure Island
- Fort at Lahaina - (1832 - 1854), Lahaina
- Laie Military Reservation - (1931 - 1941), Laie
- Lihu'e Defenses - (1941 - 1945), Lihu'e
- Camp Lili'uokalani - (1917), Honolulu
- Fort Mailekini - (1810 ?), Kawaihae
- Makapuu Head Military Reservation - (unknown dates), Makapu'u Point
- Makua Military Reservation - (1930 - 1945/present), Makua Beach
- Camp Malakole - (1939 - unknown), Barbers Point (Kalaeloa)
- Camp McCarthy - (1917 - 1918), Honolulu
- Midway Islands - (1867/1904 - 1908, 1940 - 1946/1996), Midway Islands
- Mokuleia Military Reservation - (1941 - unknown), near Mokuleia
- Oneula Military Reservation - (unknown dates), Oneula Beach
- Opaeula Military Reservation - (1942 - 1948), near Opaeula Camp
- Pakuhiwa Battleground - (unknown dates), near Kawela
- Palailai Military Reservation - (1920's - unknown), near Kapolei
- Paumalu Military Reservation - (1942 - unknown), Paumalu
- Pearl City Naval Reservation - (unknown - present), Pearl City Peninsula
- Pearl Harbor (Ford Island) Military Reservation - (1917 - 1939/present), Ford Island
- Princeville Forts - (1816 - 1817), Princeville
- Punchbowl Military Reservation - (1899 - 1948), Honolulu
- Puowaina Battery - (1819 ? - 1853), Honolulu
- Pupukea Military Reservation - (1927 - unknown), near Pupukea Camp
- Puuiki Military Reservation - (1920's - 1944), near Puuiki
- Quadrupod Military Reservation - (1941 - unknown), near Helemano
- Red Hill Military Reservation - (1914 - 1940 ?/present), Red Hill
- Round Top Military Reservation - (1928 - 1945), Honolulu
- Russian Fort - (1815), Honolulu
- Sand Island Military Reservation - (1916 - unknown), Honolulu
- Fort Ruger - (1906 - 1959/present), Diamond Head
- Sandwich Islands Post - (1834 - 1867), Honolulu
- Fort Shafter - (1899 - present), Honolulu
- Tern Island - (1942 - 1946), Tern Island
- Camp Waiakea - (1898), Waiakea
- Waialua Military Reservation - (1934 - unknown), Waialua
- Waimea Military Reservation - (1934 - unknown), near Waimea
- Waipahu Battery - (1942 - 1945), Waipahu
- Waipio Naval Reservation - (unknown - present), Waipio Peninsula
- Fort Weaver - (1899 - 1948/present), near Ewa Beach
- Waimanalo Camp Military Reservation - (1927 - 1948/unknown), Waimanalo
- Wiliwilinui Ridge Military Reservation - (1942 - 1951), near Aina Haina
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.
- 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. (Learn more.)
- United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898 (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. (Learn more.)
- The Hawaii State Archives has a card list of deceased veterans of the Spanish-American War.
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. Hawaii, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. (Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988.) FHL film 1452025) These cards have been digitized and are searchable online at Record Collection 1968530 Also available at:
- United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (FamilySearch) - free
See WWI Draft Records for more information.
Contact the Hawaii State Archives for records of Hawaiians who served in World War I and a card list of deceased veterans.
Civil War Pension Index Cards - An Index to Pension Applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on FamilySearch. It has a few pension cards for servicemen, from Hawaii, who served in the military during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans, but the collection also includes records for veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Indian Wars, and World War I. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death 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.
- United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse) (FamilySearch) - free
- United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (images with partial index) (FamilySearch) - free
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Records of Japanese evacuees during World War II are at the National Archives. They include case files, family cards, and vital statistics.
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.