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World War II Soldiers

How to Research World War II Records

The 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, 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

Other Resources available at the National Archives:


NOTE: Search both Discharge Record collections. Different Discharge Documents may appear in both collections.

Carolina World War II Soldiers

  • 071.5677 BEL NCC OVER. World War II Military Photographs of Belmont, NC Area People. Belmont Banner.
  • 355 GAS NCC OVER 2014. Saluting Our Veterans: 2014 Veterans Day Special Edition. Gazette Publishing Company.
  • 920 SOL NCC. Soldiers' Stories: The Gaston Gazette Remembers Area World War II Veterans by Bo Peteresen. List of Gaston County World War II dead on pages 134 - 135.
  • 929.81 REC NCC OVER. Recipients of Military Service Awards 1898-2004, North Carolina Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
  • 940.53 CLO NCC. WWII - The Last Man Club of Gaston County, North Carolina: stories of the honor guard by Marty Cloninger.
  • 940.53 WOR NCC. World War II Hometown and Home Front Heroes: Life Experience Stories from the Carolinas' Piedmont by Margaret G. Bigger. Includes several people from Gaston and Lincoln counties.
  • 940.54 NOR NC. North Carolina's Shining Hour: Images and Voices from World War II by Our State Books.
  • Search our Gaston - Lincoln Biography & History Index for names of individual soldiers.
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  • Soldiers Who Died in WWII: Gaston County
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  • Soldiers Who Died in WWII: Lincoln County
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  • The Gastonia Gazette World War II Soldier INDEX is an index to Gaston County soldiers found in the pages of the Gastonia Gazette newspaper.
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  • “They Fight the Foe; You Buy the Bonds!” The Gastonia Gazette, 19 Jan 1944, pages 1 & 9. Available on microfilm at the Reference Desk at the Gastonia Main Library. Names are indexed in Gastonia Gazette World War II Soldier INDEX

         State Archives of North Carolina

  • The World War II North Carolina Digital Collection includes a sample of World War II materials from the Military Collection of the State Archives of North Carolina.
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  • Finding Aids for the World War II North Carolina Digital Collection.
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  • The North Carolina Military Camps Publications is comprised of various camp newsletters and publications in North Carolina and the United States during World War II.
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  • North Carolina Veterans Oral History Collection contains interviews with military veterans who were born and raised in North Carolina, and who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for any military service, engagement, or war.
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  • Search the State Archives collections by using Discover Online Catalog (DOC). Some digital images are available.
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Other Resources

Search our Catalog by Subject for: World War, 1939-1945.

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 II Soldiers
Revised: 22 November 2019

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