Online World War II Indexes and Records - WWII
There are still many World War II service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit or

There are still many World War II service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit or contact the National Reference Service . Please remember to indicate whether the service person is living or deceased when making your request.

Inquiries about medal entitlements for service in the Australian Defence forces are handled by Defence Honours and Awards. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 333 362. Alternatively, complete the Defence Medals - Online Application .

You can also browse one of our other fact sheets on defence, armed services and war . It is also worth checking the World War II nominal roll .

The war is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. In December 1941, Japan, which had already been at war with China since 1937, and which aimed to establish a dominance over East Asia and Southeast Asia, attacked the United States and European possessions in the Pacific Ocean, quickly conquering a significant part of the region.  See Wikipedia

Longshore Soldiers : Life in a World War II Port Battalion – Through firsthand accounts, historical photographs, and original maps, Longshore Soldiers recounts the wartime experiences of Cortland Hopkins and ten other port battalion veterans. As part of the US Army’s Transportation Corps, they were responsible for ensuring that thousands of tons of military supplies were packed, unloaded, and delivered to the front lines.

Finding Your Father’s War – Leading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual. The author describes this as “What I did, and what you can do to find out what ‘he’ did in the army.”

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This unique collection includes service records for Australians who served in the Second World War in the following units:

Defence service records set out the essentials of a person’s service in the forces and were used to administer the movements and pay of their personnel. They were not intended to be an everyday account of events in a serviceperson's career. However, they do commonly contain biographical information supplied on enlistment, as well as important details on a person's service. Although most records contain the same basic elements, they do vary in the amount of information they contain. The records included in this collection will typically provide the following information:

This collection lists War Department casualties (Army and Army Air Force personnel) from World War II. Information provided includes serial number, rank and type of casualty. The birthplace or residence of the deceased is not indicated. An introduction explaining how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation, and the descriptions of the types of casualties incurred are also included.

Male Commissioned Officers' serial numbers start with the letter "O"
Warrant Officers' serial numbers start with the letter "W"
Flight Officers' serial numbers start with the letter "T"
Enlisted serial numbers start with the number "1"
National Guard serial numbers start with the number "2"
Selective Service ("Draft") serial numbers start with the number "3" or "4"

You previously had valuable text files on line showing the Army/Air Force casualties of World War II by State and County. I can no longer find those files. Is there a way to get to them, or have they been deleted. Looking up names on a database form is of no use to me, since you already have to know a name to get to it.

George W. Polk was honored as a truth-teller. A correspondent for CBS News, he was murdered in Greece in 1948. A coveted, respected award named after him, the George Polk Award, was established in 1949 and is given every year to journalists in numerous specialties. According to a statement on the official website, the winners have exemplified the unearthing of "myriad forms of scandal and deceit." They comprise a two-generation roll call of distinguished names in journalism: Christiane Amanpour, Homer Bigart, Walter Cronkite, Thomas Friedman, David Halberstam, Seymour Hersh, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel, Bill Moyers, Edward R. Murrow, Daniel Schorr, I.F. Stone, and many others.

Polk cut a dashing figure as a newsman, but he also cut out the real story of his World War II service as a naval officer and replaced it with a huge fraud. He deserves to join the growing roster of American journalists whose dishonesty has gravely injured their profession.

Who killed Polk remains a mystery. His body, drugged, bound, and shot in the head at close range, washed up in Salonika Bay during the Greek civil war of the late 1940s. Journalists widely believed that he died in fearless pursuit of a story. Polk was brave, and he wasn't reticent about his exploits. As a newsman, he often regaled his family and fellow journalists with tales of his exploits as a World War II fighter pilot and ace.

There are still many World War II service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit or contact the National Reference Service . Please remember to indicate whether the service person is living or deceased when making your request.

Inquiries about medal entitlements for service in the Australian Defence forces are handled by Defence Honours and Awards. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 333 362. Alternatively, complete the Defence Medals - Online Application .

You can also browse one of our other fact sheets on defence, armed services and war . It is also worth checking the World War II nominal roll .

The war is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. In December 1941, Japan, which had already been at war with China since 1937, and which aimed to establish a dominance over East Asia and Southeast Asia, attacked the United States and European possessions in the Pacific Ocean, quickly conquering a significant part of the region.  See Wikipedia

Longshore Soldiers : Life in a World War II Port Battalion – Through firsthand accounts, historical photographs, and original maps, Longshore Soldiers recounts the wartime experiences of Cortland Hopkins and ten other port battalion veterans. As part of the US Army’s Transportation Corps, they were responsible for ensuring that thousands of tons of military supplies were packed, unloaded, and delivered to the front lines.

Finding Your Father’s War – Leading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual. The author describes this as “What I did, and what you can do to find out what ‘he’ did in the army.”

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This unique collection includes service records for Australians who served in the Second World War in the following units:

Defence service records set out the essentials of a person’s service in the forces and were used to administer the movements and pay of their personnel. They were not intended to be an everyday account of events in a serviceperson's career. However, they do commonly contain biographical information supplied on enlistment, as well as important details on a person's service. Although most records contain the same basic elements, they do vary in the amount of information they contain. The records included in this collection will typically provide the following information:

There are still many World War II service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit or contact the National Reference Service . Please remember to indicate whether the service person is living or deceased when making your request.

Inquiries about medal entitlements for service in the Australian Defence forces are handled by Defence Honours and Awards. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 333 362. Alternatively, complete the Defence Medals - Online Application .

You can also browse one of our other fact sheets on defence, armed services and war . It is also worth checking the World War II nominal roll .

There are still many World War II service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit or contact the National Reference Service . Please remember to indicate whether the service person is living or deceased when making your request.

Inquiries about medal entitlements for service in the Australian Defence forces are handled by Defence Honours and Awards. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 333 362. Alternatively, complete the Defence Medals - Online Application .

You can also browse one of our other fact sheets on defence, armed services and war . It is also worth checking the World War II nominal roll .

The war is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. In December 1941, Japan, which had already been at war with China since 1937, and which aimed to establish a dominance over East Asia and Southeast Asia, attacked the United States and European possessions in the Pacific Ocean, quickly conquering a significant part of the region.  See Wikipedia

Longshore Soldiers : Life in a World War II Port Battalion – Through firsthand accounts, historical photographs, and original maps, Longshore Soldiers recounts the wartime experiences of Cortland Hopkins and ten other port battalion veterans. As part of the US Army’s Transportation Corps, they were responsible for ensuring that thousands of tons of military supplies were packed, unloaded, and delivered to the front lines.

Finding Your Father’s War – Leading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual. The author describes this as “What I did, and what you can do to find out what ‘he’ did in the army.”

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This unique collection includes service records for Australians who served in the Second World War in the following units:

Defence service records set out the essentials of a person’s service in the forces and were used to administer the movements and pay of their personnel. They were not intended to be an everyday account of events in a serviceperson's career. However, they do commonly contain biographical information supplied on enlistment, as well as important details on a person's service. Although most records contain the same basic elements, they do vary in the amount of information they contain. The records included in this collection will typically provide the following information:

This collection lists War Department casualties (Army and Army Air Force personnel) from World War II. Information provided includes serial number, rank and type of casualty. The birthplace or residence of the deceased is not indicated. An introduction explaining how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation, and the descriptions of the types of casualties incurred are also included.

Male Commissioned Officers' serial numbers start with the letter "O"
Warrant Officers' serial numbers start with the letter "W"
Flight Officers' serial numbers start with the letter "T"
Enlisted serial numbers start with the number "1"
National Guard serial numbers start with the number "2"
Selective Service ("Draft") serial numbers start with the number "3" or "4"

You previously had valuable text files on line showing the Army/Air Force casualties of World War II by State and County. I can no longer find those files. Is there a way to get to them, or have they been deleted. Looking up names on a database form is of no use to me, since you already have to know a name to get to it.

There are still many World War II service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit or contact the National Reference Service . Please remember to indicate whether the service person is living or deceased when making your request.

Inquiries about medal entitlements for service in the Australian Defence forces are handled by Defence Honours and Awards. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 333 362. Alternatively, complete the Defence Medals - Online Application .

You can also browse one of our other fact sheets on defence, armed services and war . It is also worth checking the World War II nominal roll .

The war is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. In December 1941, Japan, which had already been at war with China since 1937, and which aimed to establish a dominance over East Asia and Southeast Asia, attacked the United States and European possessions in the Pacific Ocean, quickly conquering a significant part of the region.  See Wikipedia

Longshore Soldiers : Life in a World War II Port Battalion – Through firsthand accounts, historical photographs, and original maps, Longshore Soldiers recounts the wartime experiences of Cortland Hopkins and ten other port battalion veterans. As part of the US Army’s Transportation Corps, they were responsible for ensuring that thousands of tons of military supplies were packed, unloaded, and delivered to the front lines.

Finding Your Father’s War – Leading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual. The author describes this as “What I did, and what you can do to find out what ‘he’ did in the army.”

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