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World War I

  • A 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis destroyed the only copies of the service records of most WWI soldiers.
    • 80% of the records of army veterans discharged from 11/1/1912 to 1/1/1960 were lost.
    • U.S. Navy and Marine Corps records escaped damage.
  • Check alternative records such as pay vouchers. These can provide the veteran's name, service number, dates of service and character of service.
  • For ancestors who died while in the military from 1915-1939, search for Burial Case Files.
  • Fold3 contains more than 82.5 million records related to WWI. You can target these records by starting your search here
    • Databases include:
      • Registers of Officers Who Served in the US Army 1798-1969
      • Gorrell's History - includes historical narratives, reports and photographs for the Air Service in the American Expeditionary Forces.
      • US Expeditionary Force, North Russia
      • Navy and Marine Corps Officer Registers
      • and many more...