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This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. While this database contains information on the majority of the men and women who served in the Army during this war, it is not complete and does not represent the entirety of the U.S. Army servicemen. Information found in this database comes from the WD AGO Form 317 (used from 1941-45), WD AGO Form 372 (used from 1945-46), and Enlisted Reserve Corps Statistical cards.

Information included in this database about includes:

  • Name of enlistee
  • Army serial number
  • Residence (county and state)
  • Place of enlistment
  • Enlistment date
  • Grade
  • Army branch
  • Component
  • Term of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Year of birth
  • Race and citizenship
  • Height and weight*
  • Education
  • Marital status
  • Box and reel number of the microfilmed records

Donald fought across France, the Netherlands and Belgium with E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division and against Nazi advances while surrounded at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

In 1989, Donald travelled with other members of Easy Company to Europe to provide oral histories of their war ­experiences. This became the basis of historian Stephen Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers, which was turned into a series in 2001 in which Donald was played by Scott Grimes.

He said in 2012: “You could look back and with great pride realise that you had done a very significant thing and acted responsibly in what amounted to saving the world.” Donald, whose wife Irene died in 2006, is survived by four daughters.

This guide will help you find records at The National Archives relating to military operations in the Second World War, planned and carried out by the:

This guide focuses on War Office records (department code WO ), but you can find many other operational records in the Admiralty ( ADM ), Royal Air Force ( AIR ) and other record departments.

This is because during the war the army, naval and air services, as well as the civil government and Allied forces, were more integrated than ever before.

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This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. While this database contains information on the majority of the men and women who served in the Army during this war, it is not complete and does not represent the entirety of the U.S. Army servicemen. Information found in this database comes from the WD AGO Form 317 (used from 1941-45), WD AGO Form 372 (used from 1945-46), and Enlisted Reserve Corps Statistical cards.

Information included in this database about includes:

  • Name of enlistee
  • Army serial number
  • Residence (county and state)
  • Place of enlistment
  • Enlistment date
  • Grade
  • Army branch
  • Component
  • Term of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Year of birth
  • Race and citizenship
  • Height and weight*
  • Education
  • Marital status
  • Box and reel number of the microfilmed records

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This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. While this database contains information on the majority of the men and women who served in the Army during this war, it is not complete and does not represent the entirety of the U.S. Army servicemen. Information found in this database comes from the WD AGO Form 317 (used from 1941-45), WD AGO Form 372 (used from 1945-46), and Enlisted Reserve Corps Statistical cards.

Information included in this database about includes:

  • Name of enlistee
  • Army serial number
  • Residence (county and state)
  • Place of enlistment
  • Enlistment date
  • Grade
  • Army branch
  • Component
  • Term of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Year of birth
  • Race and citizenship
  • Height and weight*
  • Education
  • Marital status
  • Box and reel number of the microfilmed records

Donald fought across France, the Netherlands and Belgium with E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division and against Nazi advances while surrounded at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

In 1989, Donald travelled with other members of Easy Company to Europe to provide oral histories of their war ­experiences. This became the basis of historian Stephen Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers, which was turned into a series in 2001 in which Donald was played by Scott Grimes.

He said in 2012: “You could look back and with great pride realise that you had done a very significant thing and acted responsibly in what amounted to saving the world.” Donald, whose wife Irene died in 2006, is survived by four daughters.

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This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. While this database contains information on the majority of the men and women who served in the Army during this war, it is not complete and does not represent the entirety of the U.S. Army servicemen. Information found in this database comes from the WD AGO Form 317 (used from 1941-45), WD AGO Form 372 (used from 1945-46), and Enlisted Reserve Corps Statistical cards.

Information included in this database about includes:

  • Name of enlistee
  • Army serial number
  • Residence (county and state)
  • Place of enlistment
  • Enlistment date
  • Grade
  • Army branch
  • Component
  • Term of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Year of birth
  • Race and citizenship
  • Height and weight*
  • Education
  • Marital status
  • Box and reel number of the microfilmed records

Donald fought across France, the Netherlands and Belgium with E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division and against Nazi advances while surrounded at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

In 1989, Donald travelled with other members of Easy Company to Europe to provide oral histories of their war ­experiences. This became the basis of historian Stephen Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers, which was turned into a series in 2001 in which Donald was played by Scott Grimes.

He said in 2012: “You could look back and with great pride realise that you had done a very significant thing and acted responsibly in what amounted to saving the world.” Donald, whose wife Irene died in 2006, is survived by four daughters.

This guide will help you find records at The National Archives relating to military operations in the Second World War, planned and carried out by the:

This guide focuses on War Office records (department code WO ), but you can find many other operational records in the Admiralty ( ADM ), Royal Air Force ( AIR ) and other record departments.

This is because during the war the army, naval and air services, as well as the civil government and Allied forces, were more integrated than ever before.

Military records provide some of your most emotional discoveries. Find the war heroes in your family in our millions of service records, medal records, casualty lists and other Army records and Navy records.

Get an insight into what life was like for family members left back home during wartime with our new exclusive records collection—WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards. Nearly 2 million people volunteered for Civil Defence duties during WWII, which ranged from Air Raid Protection wardens to first aid and fire watching. Even boys and girls between 15 and 18 years old had a role, mainly as messengers.

You can explore our new collection to find out if any of your relatives won a medal (the George Cross is the highest civilian gallantry award) and uncover detailed accounts of heroic acts by ordinary people on the home front.

In 1815, Napoleon attempted to reclaim his title as Emperor of France but was soundly defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by a coalition of British and Prussian forces. Over 25,000 British troops fought in the battle and these records will help you find your ancestors who were there.

Our Waterloo Medal Roll collection provides a list of all the troops who participated in the battle, but you can search the UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817, for even more details about your ancestor’s service. These troop accounts span the years of the Napoleonic Wars and include information such as rank, pay, regiment, start date, and more.

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This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. While this database contains information on the majority of the men and women who served in the Army during this war, it is not complete and does not represent the entirety of the U.S. Army servicemen. Information found in this database comes from the WD AGO Form 317 (used from 1941-45), WD AGO Form 372 (used from 1945-46), and Enlisted Reserve Corps Statistical cards.

Information included in this database about includes:

  • Name of enlistee
  • Army serial number
  • Residence (county and state)
  • Place of enlistment
  • Enlistment date
  • Grade
  • Army branch
  • Component
  • Term of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Year of birth
  • Race and citizenship
  • Height and weight*
  • Education
  • Marital status
  • Box and reel number of the microfilmed records

Donald fought across France, the Netherlands and Belgium with E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division and against Nazi advances while surrounded at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

In 1989, Donald travelled with other members of Easy Company to Europe to provide oral histories of their war ­experiences. This became the basis of historian Stephen Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers, which was turned into a series in 2001 in which Donald was played by Scott Grimes.

He said in 2012: “You could look back and with great pride realise that you had done a very significant thing and acted responsibly in what amounted to saving the world.” Donald, whose wife Irene died in 2006, is survived by four daughters.

This guide will help you find records at The National Archives relating to military operations in the Second World War, planned and carried out by the:

This guide focuses on War Office records (department code WO ), but you can find many other operational records in the Admiralty ( ADM ), Royal Air Force ( AIR ) and other record departments.

This is because during the war the army, naval and air services, as well as the civil government and Allied forces, were more integrated than ever before.

Military records provide some of your most emotional discoveries. Find the war heroes in your family in our millions of service records, medal records, casualty lists and other Army records and Navy records.

Get an insight into what life was like for family members left back home during wartime with our new exclusive records collection—WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards. Nearly 2 million people volunteered for Civil Defence duties during WWII, which ranged from Air Raid Protection wardens to first aid and fire watching. Even boys and girls between 15 and 18 years old had a role, mainly as messengers.

You can explore our new collection to find out if any of your relatives won a medal (the George Cross is the highest civilian gallantry award) and uncover detailed accounts of heroic acts by ordinary people on the home front.

In 1815, Napoleon attempted to reclaim his title as Emperor of France but was soundly defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by a coalition of British and Prussian forces. Over 25,000 British troops fought in the battle and these records will help you find your ancestors who were there.

Our Waterloo Medal Roll collection provides a list of all the troops who participated in the battle, but you can search the UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817, for even more details about your ancestor’s service. These troop accounts span the years of the Napoleonic Wars and include information such as rank, pay, regiment, start date, and more.

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