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''[[United States|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]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|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}}  
 
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}}  
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*[[US Military Basic Search Strategies]]
  
 
=== Home Sources  ===
 
=== Home Sources  ===
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=== Family History Library 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 Catalog] under '''United States''' and the topic '''Military History''' or '''Military Records''', followed by the topic '''World War, 1939-1945'''.  
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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 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'''.  
 
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'''.  
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=== Social Security Death Index  ===
 
=== Social Security Death Index  ===
  
Veterans who died since 1962 may be in a 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.  
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Veterans who died since 1962 may be in 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  ===
 
=== Discharge Papers  ===
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=== Veterans Affairs Records  ===
 
=== 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 U.S. government section of the telephone book.  
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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 the U.S. government section of the telephone book.  
  
 
=== Veterans Associations  ===
 
=== Veterans Associations  ===
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=== Personnel and Medical Records  ===
 
=== 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.  
 
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.  
  
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=== Internet Search Engines  ===
 
=== Internet Search Engines  ===
  
Use search engines like '''[http://google.com Google]''' 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.
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Use search engines like '''[http://google.com Google]''' 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  ===
 
=== Casualty Lists  ===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The National Archives ''Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries Overseas&nbsp;'' is on the Internet at Ancestry.com for a fee. It is available at the Family History Library at '''http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4283'''. It lists name, state, rank, service, plot, and burial date.  
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The National Archives ''Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries Overseas&nbsp;'' is available online at Ancestry.com for a fee. Free access to the collection is available at the Family History Library [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=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  ===
 
=== Prisoner of War Records  ===
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=== Draft Registration  ===
 
=== 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 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 at http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002
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A typical card will list name, address, telephone, birth date, and place, next of kin, employer, and physical description. Draft Registration Cards are indexed and digitized at FamilySearch [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1861144?collectionNameFilter=true World War II Draft Registration Cards]
  
 
=== Finding a Living Veteran  ===
 
=== Finding a Living Veteran  ===
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*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.
 
*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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United States Gotoarrow.png Military Records Gotoarrow.png World War II Gotoarrow.png 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.

Home Sources[edit | edit source]

If the veteran is still alive, ask his or her help finding records. Gather facts from sources at home,and talk to relatives. Look for discharge papers. Look for clues about where he or she lived and served.

Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Use the research wiki articles at World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945.

Family History Library Sources[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has only a few World War II records, mostly selected unit histories. They contain rosters, brief biographies, and usually photographs of men and equipment. To find unit histories use Places Search in the 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[edit | edit source]

Veterans who died since 1962 may be in 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[edit | edit source]

If you know a serviceman's hometown, inquire about his discharge papers at his county recorder's office. Servicemen were asked (but not required) to register their separation form DD-214. This paper gives their rank, unit, service number, separation date and place, birth date and place, physical description, pay, assignments, and awards. Many veterans kept a copy athome. Call directory assistance to get the phone number and address of a veteran's county recorder's office. For an example of a discharge paper (a .pdf file), see schurrecord.jpg .

Veterans Affairs Records[edit | edit source]

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 the U.S. government section of the telephone book.

Veterans Associations[edit | edit source]

Contact organizations like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, or American Ex-Prisoners of War to ask for a vetera's application, or to find people who might have known your veteran. VFW applications include a copy of the discharge papers form DD-214. A local post of the association is more likely to have applications and other records than the national headquarters. Look in the telephone book for phone numbers or the Internet for address directories.

Personnel and Medical Records[edit | edit source]

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 180 and Internet links to the form, go to http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html. Also use SF 180 to request a "complete" military medical file, which is in separate archives.

Message Boards and Queries[edit | edit source]

Use the Internet to contact people who may be able to tell you more about your veteran, his military unit, or its history. Post queries on the "Military Search Bulletin Board" at http://tracksomebody.com/?tag=military-search-bulletin-board or at http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.military.wwii/mb.ashx .

Cyndi's List of genealogy sites on the Internet has two categories linking you to relevant resources, repositories, people, societies, and records:

Internet Search Engines[edit | edit source]

Use search engines like Google 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 www.archives.gov/research/arc/ to help find World War II records preserved at the National Archives.

Casualty Lists[edit | edit source]

Army and Army Air Force Casualty Lists are on the Internet at http://wwwarchives.gov/research/arc/ww1/army-casualties/ . Within each county they are slphabetical by name and only include those who died  from wounds received in the line of duty. They show name rank, serial number, and type of casualty. Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard Casualty Lists are at http://wwwarchives.gov/research/arc/ww2/navy-casualties/index.html . Each state list is alphabetical divided by the casualty type, including wounded and recovered. Also shows next of kin address. For a guide to the National Archives record groups on this topic, see:

Benjamin DeWhitt. Records Relating to Personal Participation in World War II: American Military Casualties and Burials; Reference Information Paper 82. Washington, D.C.: NARA, 1993. At various libraries (WorldCat). (FHL Book 973 J53da). This guide describes the military casualty reporting system and related papers.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The National Archives Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries Overseas  is available online at Ancestry.com for a fee. Free access to the collection is available at the Family History Library U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945. It lists name, state, rank, service, plot, and burial date.

Prisoner of War Records[edit | edit source]

For National Archives sources and a guide, see the United States World War II Prisoner of War Records  Wiki page.

Draft Registration[edit | edit source]

A typical card will list name, address, telephone, birth date, and place, next of kin, employer, and physical description. Draft Registration Cards are indexed and digitized at FamilySearch World War II Draft Registration Cards

Finding a Living Veteran[edit | edit source]

Internet People Finders. The Internet has several sites that help locate living people.

For a book about finding military people, see:

Richard S. Johnson, and Debra Johnson Knox, How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military: Armed Forces Locator Guide, 8th ed. (Spartanburg, SC: Military Information Enterprises, 1999). At various libraries (WorldCat). (FHL Book 973 M27j 1999). Includes chapters about service and Social Security numbers, active duty, Reserve and National Guard, retired, veterans, how to obtain military recirds, locating anyone, reuntions, state government records, deceased, and family history information.

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