Records of World War II

While it is true that a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis in 1973 destroyed many American military records, it certainly didn’t destroy all records of World War II service. You can find the following military (and draft) record collections of that conflict in Ancestry Library Edition (ALE):

1. Iowa, World War II Bonus Case Files for Beneficiaries, 1947-1959 [19,760 records]
2. New Mexico, World War II Records, 1941-1945 [118,976 records]
3. Iowa, World War II Bonus Case Files, 1947-1954 [240,951 records]
4. U.S., World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-1948 [390,020 records]
5. U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 [33,039,896 records]
6. U.S., Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958 [39,848,946 records]
7. World War II Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945 [29,877 records]
8. World War II Young American Patriots, 1941-1945 [58,060 records]
9. U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945 [357,086 records]
10. World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945 [150,715 records]
11. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [15,292,577 records]
12. World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946 [143,374 records]
13. U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [8,369,212 records]
14. New York Southern District, World War II Naturalization Index, 1941-1945 [2,366 records]
15. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas [159,582 records]

All in all, these record collections provide you with more than 97 million chances to find a record of a WWII American ancestor.

You may use ALE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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