Find War Records Online
Have you ever wanted to find war records relating to what your father or grandfather did during World War One, WW2, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, or in Afghanistan or Iraq?
While we all know that we will never be able to fully understand the wartime experiences of our relatives, it is good to honor them in some way by discovering more about these experiences.
The good news
The good news is that there is a great way to uncover some of the related history of servicemen and women, and to preserve the memory of their role in protecting our nation in times of world war.
Most official military records of veterans who served in the 20th and 21st century are held at the National Archives in St. Louis. Everything, for example, from Elvis’ military records to those of your great-grandfather who served in World War I. So, If you are looking to unlock the mysteries surrounding your relative’s military service, the answers you have been looking for are indeed out there and easily accessible.
However we all know that dealing with bureaucratic government agencies can be quite frustrating. The National Archives does not have the time or the resources to fully pursue every single record request that comes their way. You could hire a military researcher who knows what they are doing and who can devote their complete attention to your specific case.
But there is now a much better way to find military service history, and you can do it from the comfort of home, no need to travel to St Louis..
Military Service Records, DD214’s, morning reports, and unit rosters allow you to trace the steps of individual veterans through their military careers. This process is absolutely essential to understanding the experiences of veterans who served in WWI, WWII and the Korean War.
What military records are are available?
Well, the Archives contain an incredible amount of details can be learned if one logs in to the site and starts to search online, with clear instructions given.
Here are just some of the details that military research can uncover:
- When a veteran joined, or left, a particular unit
- what battles he or she took part in
- A veteran’s Military Occupational Specialty, or assigned jobs throughout his military career.
- The approximate date and location a veteran was missing, wounded, or killed in action (often including medical details on the type of wounds).
- Locations a veteran was stationed at or moved to, often including map coordinates and the names of ships during transport.
- When and where a veteran was promoted, demoted or subjected to disciplinary action.
- When and where a veteran was sent to a hospital for treatment or to another activity for training.
- Copy DD214’s and Discharge papers
- And much more..
Army clerks recorded a ‘record of events‘ every few days which can include combat details along with the dates and locations where these events occurred. This is really exciting because it gives us an idea of what daily life was like for our relative’s when they were in combat.
So, stop wondering and start researching a relative’s participation in times of war. The answers to your questions might not be as difficult to find as you think. Military research of individual veterans can yield a great deal of insight into what they did and where they served.
It is important that we prevent the memory of our veterans’ service to our nation from fading away and there is no better way to do this than by gaining a greater understanding of their experiences during the war, and sharing your findings.
Hopefully this article will serve as the inspiration you were needing to begin a journey of discovery about your own family, to find war records, and uncover historical military service. To start go here.. happy searching.