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Finding a World War II (1939-1945) Veteran's Records

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''[[United StatesGenealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|Military Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Finding_a_World_War_II_(1939-1945)_Veteran's_Records|Finding Veterans Records]]''
Use this guide to find information in military records about a man or woman who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. {{TOCright}}
 
*[[US Military Basic Search Strategies]]
=== Home Sources ===
=== Family History Library Sources ===
The Family History Library has only a few World War II records, mostly selected '''[[United States World War II Unit Histories|unit histories]]'''. They contain rosters, brief biographies, and usually photographs of men and equipment. To find unit histories use ''[https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Places Search]'' in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library FamilySearch Catalog] under '''United States''' and the topic '''Military History''' or '''Military Records''', followed by the topic '''World War, 1939-1945'''.
In the Family History Library you may find a few other World War II sources found by using a ''Places Search'' for the servicement's home '''state, county,''' or '''town''', followed the topic '''Military Records'''.
=== Social Security Death Index ===
Veterans who died since 1962 may be in a an index on the Internet at http://searchgenealogy.net/SSDI.html . The index provides the deceased person's birth date, social security number, state where the social security card was issued, month and year of death, and sometimes the residence and zip code where the death benefit was sent.
=== Discharge Papers ===
=== Veterans Affairs Records ===
Many veterans received a G.I. Bill educations, veterans' hospital or health benefits, or housing loan benefits. If you know the veteran's name, birth date, death date, and Social Security number, you can request information from the nearest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They may be able to provide insurance, birth date,service number, service entry and separation dates, service branch, pay grade, or claim folder location. Veterans Affairs offices are in teh the U.S. government section of the telephone book.
=== Veterans Associations ===
=== Personnel and Medical Records ===
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A typical personnel file has information about service dates, marital status, dependents, rank, salary, assignments, education level, decorations, service number, birth date and place, death date and place, and sometimes a photo. For an explanation of how to apply for a personnel file using the National Archives form SF&nbsp;180 and Internet links to the form, go to '''[http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html]'''. Also use SF&nbsp;180 to request a "complete" military medical file, which is in separate archives.
=== Internet Search Engines ===
Use search engines like '''www.[http://google.comGoogle]''' to search for information about the history of World War II battles, military units, and individuals with unusual names. Use the ARC search engine at '''[http://archives.gov/research/arc/ www.archives.gov/research/arc/ ] ''' to help find World War II records preserved at the National Archives.
=== Casualty Lists ===
=== Cemeteries ===
The National Archives ''Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries Overseas&nbsp;'' is on the Internet available online at Ancestry.com for a fee. It Free access to the collection is available at the Family History Library at '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4283'''1102 U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945]. It lists name, state, rank, service, plot, and burial date.
=== Prisoner of War Records ===
=== Draft Registration ===
A typical card will list name, address, telephone, birth date , and place, next of kin, employer, and physical description. The Family History Library has the draft cards available on microfilm for the 4th registration of men born from 1877 to 1897. Use the Family History Library ''Keyword Search&nbsp;'' and type in '''World War II Draft Registration Cards''' in the search box to find the film number. Ancestry.com has the cards available for a fee. This search is free at the Family History Library are indexed and digitized at httpFamilySearch [https://searchwww.ancestryinstitutionfamilysearch.comorg/search/db.aspxcollection/1861144?dbidcollectionNameFilter=1002 true World War II Draft Registration Cards]
=== Finding a Living Veteran ===
*[[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] Wiki article.
*George Forty, ''US Army Handbook 1939-1945&nbsp;'' (New York: Barnes and Noble, 1998). {{WorldCat|34142990|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. (FHL Book '''973 M27f'''). Discusses training, organization, units, staff, arms, services, vehicle markings, insignia and patches.
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