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, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (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. (NOTE: Some DD Form 214 may be available online. Check FamilySearch for availability. See Databases below.)
Request veterans' service records from WWII at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
Other Resources available at the National Archives:
NOTE: Search all Discharge Record collections. Different Discharge Documents may appear for same individual in different collections.
State Archives of North Carolina
Search our Catalog by Subject for: World War, 1939-1945.
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.
Go to: http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/hm_hm.asp
Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching World War II Soldiers
Revised: 22 November 2022
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