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World War I Soldiers

National Archives

Military personnel records are a valuable tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records. Limited information is releasable to the general public without the consent of the veteran or the next-of-kin. You are considered a member of the general public if you are asking about a veteran who is no relation to you, or a veteran who is a relative but you are not the next-of-kin. Next-of-kin is defined as the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran.

Request veterans' service records from WWI at

Other Resources available at the National Archives:


  • Ancestry Library Edition database collection includes a number of databases relating to World War I. Available In-Library Only.
  • Fold3 includes US military records, stories, photos, and personal documents of those who served.
    Go to: Log into Fold3 with your library card.
  • includes military draft registration cards and North Carolina service cards.

Carolina World War I Soldiers

  • The North Carolina State Archives and State Library collections have online World War I materials :
  • The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center includes World War I photographs, newspapers, and letters.
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  • North Carolina World War I Dead, A.E.F. Series: Compiled Data on Casualties of the American Expeditionary Forces by State or United States Possession, 1917 - 1919 Record Group 407: Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905 - 1981.
  • 355 GAS NCC OVER 2014. Saluting Our Veterans: 2014 Veterans Day Special Edition. Gazette Publishing Company.
  • 359.70973 CAM NCC. Camp Chronicle: World War I Artillery Range in Gastonia, NC. Collection of newspaper articles about Camp Chronicle compiled by Jim Chandler.
  • 929.81 REC NCC OVER. Recipients of Military Service Awards 1898-2004, North Carolina Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
  • 940.3 BRA NCC. North Carolina and the Great War, 1914-1918 by Jessica A. Bandel. Showcasing holdings of the North Carolina Museum of History and the State Archives of North Carolina
  • 940.3 MAR NC. Memories of World War I: North Carolina doughboys on the Western Front by R. Jackson Marshall.
  • 940.3 WOR NCC World War I, 1914-1918 100th Anniversary of World War I, June 6, 2018, : Gaston County Soldiers who died during the war. Gastonia, NC : William Gaston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 2018. Collection of short biographies.
  • 940.31 MIT NCC. The echo of the bugle call : Charlotte's role in World War I by Miriam Grace Mitchell.
  • 940.45 U NCC. Officers and enlisted men of the United States Navy who lost their lives during the World War, from April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918 by the United States Bureau of Naval Personnel.
  • Search our Gaston - Lincoln Biography & History Index for names of individual soldiers.
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  • Soldiers Who Died in WWI: Gaston & Lincoln Counties
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Other Resources

Search our Catalog by Subject for: World War, 1914-1918

Headstones for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.
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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching World War I Soldiers
Revised: 13 August 2020

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