U.S. WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) contains files pertaining to some 5.3 million patients, mostly U.S. Army personnel wounded in battle or treated for diseases during World War II and the Korean War. The World War II records include only Army personnel treated at Army facilities, while the Korean War records include some records for non-Army personnel (approximately 5 percent) and non-Army treatment facilities (approximately 4 percent).

These files contain various medical treatment information about each patient including diagnoses, type of injury, operations, and dates and places of hospitalization. The original files do not contain the name of the hospital patient, but list military service number, age, race, sex, place of birth, rank and unit. The names of some patients were identified and added to these files by comparing the service number to other military record collections available on Ancestry.

You can search using only service number as a delimiter. You can also search using only Diagnosis or Type of Injury as your delimiter. These searches produce results of likely interest:

Diagnosis: Artillery shell
Diagnosis: Carcinoma
Diagnosis: Flaming liquid
Diagnosis: Hand grenade
Diagnosis: Killed in action
Diagnosis: Machine gun
Diagnosis: Malaria
Diagnosis: Pregnancy
Diagnosis: Tonsillitus

Note: You can do a Basic Search of ALE on the landing page using only a service number as your search term:

Keyword: 34455153

This particular search in fact calls up several entries from the WWII Hospital Admission Card Files!

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