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Online World War II Indexes & Records - USA

  • World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (at Ancestry/requires payment) from the Fourth Registration, referred to as the "old man's registration," conducted on 27 April 1942 -- for men born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897. Digitized WWII fourth registration draft cards are presently available at Ancestry for the following states: Alaska, Arkansas (partial), California (partial), Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (partial), Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (partial), Ohio (partial), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • World War II Documents and Records at Fold3 (requires payment) includes...
    • Interactive USS Arizona Memorial
    • WWII Hero Pages
    • WWII Photos
    • WWII Documents and Records including: Submarine Patrol Reports, Missing Air Crew Reports, Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls, Naval Press Clippings, Army and Navy JAG Files, and more
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD) from the US National Archives - included are some WWII related databases such as...
    • World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File (see description above)
    • World War II Prisoners of War File, ca. 1942 - ca. 1947
    • World War II Prisoners of the Japanese - Data File
    • Japanese-American Internee File, 1942-1946
  • American Merchant Marine Databases includes: Names of WWII Merchant Marine Killed, Names and Fates of WWII Merchant Marine POWs, Names of U.S. Naval Armed Guard Killed and Wounded

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General Databases with WWII Records - USA

Where to Order Records - USA

  • The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO has 20th Century military records for discharged and deceased veterans. Click on the link for information about these records. Be aware that a 1973 fire destroyed about 80% of the Army records (1912-1959) and 75% of the Air Force records (1947-1963). However, in some cases alternate sources were used to reconstruct some basic service information. There may be restrictions on who can order these records. And there may be a fee to obtain copies.

International Section - WWII Records from Other Countries

  • Germany: National German Military Grave Registration Service (this site is in German)
    A database of more than 2 million names of missing and dead German soldiers from both World Wars. Notes for searching: Nachname=surname; Vorname=first name; supplying a date of birth or death is optional. Click on "Suche beginnen" to start your search. You then must register with your name and address to continue the search. On the registration form, the following items are required: Vorname (first name), Nachname (last name), Straße / Nr. (Street & Number), Land/Plz/Ort (Country/Postal or Zip Code/City). Then click on "Zur Ergebniseite" to continue. On the next screen click "Suchanfrage ausführen."
  • Russia: Soviet Union WWII Prisoners of War Database (website is in Russian or German)
    Contains data on about 750,000 Soviet prisoners of war who died in Nazi concentration camps. Also has information on Germans who were released from captivity in the Soviet Union in the 1940s and 1950s.

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