Fold3: Your First Source for Military Records

November 25, 2014  - by 

If you’re searching for information about a relative who served in the United States armed forces, Fold3 is the place for you to begin. This site, owned by, provides convenient access to military records ̶ including stories, photos, and personal documents ̶of men and women who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

The name Fold3 refers to the traditional flag folding ceremony that takes place at the burial of a veteran.

Fold3’s original records help you discover details about the soldiers of every American conflict. The site has created millions of memorial pages from US military data to help you find and commemorate your loved ones. Additionally, you can combine records found on the site with photos and stories you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for those who served.

Particularly meaningful is the opportunity to make a Memorial Page for your loved ones on Fold3’s Honor Wall. You can create, expand or update as many Memorial Pages as you’d like to celebrate and remember your veteran relatives and ancestors and share their stories with family and friends.

Through November, Fold3 is offering free access to World War II records, so it’s the perfect time to research, contribute to, and find answers on the site.


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  1. I am trying to find military pictures of my uncles who served in WWII and Korean War time Can you help me?

    1. We are excited that you want to learn more about your family. We do not have the resources to do the research for you, but we invite you to visit the free website to begin your search here:
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  2. I am trying to find information on M.Dotty a soldier who served time in NZ we think my brother in law has restored a Jeep and on the steeering wheel engraved is M Dotty Boston. Then it has Eleanor we guess must have been girlfriend.we would like to find relatives as they may want photos of his Jeep. Otherwise we don’t have any information

  3. I joined the National Guard in Connecticut in June or July 1957, did basic training at Ft. Dix, and advanced training at Ft. Bliss, all in 1957. Then did 5+years in the US Army Reserve, in Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts, 1958-l963. I would like a printed record of my service.

  4. I am sick of fold 3 they never answer the phone ancestry nown the company and so many others just taking people money if they dont know what going on with companies

  5. Looking for my father, John C. Flanagan, MD served USS Navy aboard USS Saugus and also was a physician at Philadelphia. Naval Yard and Brooklyn Navy Yard

  6. Thank you for putting all your research into records for us to access. I’m excited.

  7. I am looking for the military records of my father who served in WWII. I tried to go through the National Archives and they said that a lot of records were destroyed in a fire in St. Louis.

  8. Looking for information about my father. He died in 1928. Buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

  9. Fold3 is used by ancestry to get a few extra dollars from people trying to confirm military service of their ancestors. Don’t take the bait, fold3 is a ridiculously difficult site to navigate. They don’t have much information. I know of numerous military veteran ancestors including my dad, but have only found 1 on the site (not my dad). Luckily, I got a free 14 day trial and will be canceling before that runs out. Don’t waste extra money on fold3, it’s a waste.