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Military Records: World War II

  • Gawne, Jonathan. Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II US Army. Drexel Hill, PA: Casemate Publishing, 2007. A how-to-guide for researching the wartime career of an individual.

  • Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany. Des Moines, Iowa: Traces, 2004.
  • POW Research Network Japan. A group of Japanese researchers, curious about the fates of Allied POWs in Japan's WWII labor camps, have compiled an online database of more than 3,500 soldiers who died at the camps. Members of the network combined their own work with long-forgotten records in the National Diet Library. It has a chart, organized by camp, with names of POWs who died. You also can see a country-by-country list of those who are buried in the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Hodogaya, Yokohama, or listed on the cemetery's cremation memorial.
  • Records About Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, created, 1988 - 1989, documenting the period 1942 - 1946 - NARA Record Group 210
  • Records of Duty Locations for Naval Intelligence Personnel, created, 1942 - 1945, documenting the period 1942 - 1945 - NARA Record Group 38
  • Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947, documenting the period 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 - NARA Record Group 389
  • Wars/ International Relations: World War II. NARA
  • World War II Army Enlistment Records, created, 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946  NARA

  • World War II Registry. The Registry combines four distinct databases that can be searched for names of those whose service and sacrifice helped win the Second World War. The Registry includes the names of Americans who are:
    • Buried in American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) overseas military cemeteries.
    • Memorialized on ABMC Tablets of the Missing.
    • Listed on official War and Navy Department Killed in Service rosters now held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
    • Honored by public enrollment in the Registry of Remembrances.