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United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
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Record Description
Record Type Enlsitments
Record Group RG 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration
Collection years 1938-1946
National Archives Identifier 604357
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is a name index to Army Serial Number Enlistment Card Records, which covers the years 1938-1946, excluding officers, in the United States Army including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Enlisted Reserve Corps circa 1938-1946. The index is part of Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration. This index is not complete covering about nine million men and women and may contain scanning errors. Database courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Date of enlistment
  • Place of enlistment
  • Race
  • Citizenship
  • Birth year and place
  • Education level
  • Civilian occupation
  • Marital status
  • Rank
  • Army branch
  • Army component
  • Serial number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

John R Smith United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name John R Smith
Event Date 10 Sep 1940
Term of Enlistment Enlistment for the Philippine Department
Event Place Ft Mcpherson, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1920
Birthplace Georgia
Education Level Grammar school
Civilian Occupation Unskilled sawmill occupations, n.e.c.
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Field Artillery
Army Component Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Serial Number 14020163

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  • The name of the enlisted person
  • The birth date and birth place of the soldier
  • The residence of the solider
  • The date of enlistment for the soldier

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