Free Guide to American World War ll Records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



The (US) National World War ll Museum is offering a free guide on Researching American Military and Civilian Records from World war ll.  You can download the free guide by going to:  Scroll down to “request a guide”

More than 16 million American men and women served in the US Armed Forces during World War II, and another 3.5 million worked as federal civilian employees during the war.  The purpose of this guide is to assist veterans and their families in obtaining copies of their military personnel files from the National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri. Yes there was a devastating fire in 1973 and many files were destroyed. The website gives suggestions of alternate locations for military records.

Details include the types of records available, where they are located, and how to obtain copies. The latter part of the guide details the information available on WWII units and ships. By researching the unit or ship to which a veteran was assigned, you can begin to piece together his or her unique wartime story, and better understand what the war means to your family.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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