The resulting registration cards can be searched and viewed online for free at. Personnel of the Regular Army continued to be cycled through the 10 - 19 million series while Army officers continued to be issued numerical numbers determined by date of commission. This gave geographical recruiting areas 999,999 service numbers a piece to allocate to new recruits. When we dig a little deeper into the number itself, we can learn a bit about the person. Curious about websites and databases that might be relevant to your research? The original concept was to simply continue with the old service number system and begin with new numbers starting at 8 000 000. While a large number of records had other errors, they were minor.
The poor quality of the original microfilm caused most of the errors. A common way to search for individual records is by name. After enlisting he became a ghost, my mother was born at the army hospital there but there is no record of that either. The format varied depending upon the assignment; for example, male Commissioned personnel received the O- prefix followed by a series of digits. Due to the vast numbers of personnel entering the Army ranks, a major expansion to the service number system was required. To that end, had been introduced and the was activated as an augmentation force to serve in the coming war.
Veterans' military service records and medical records are not online. Nine young men who have enlisted in the Regular Army wait outside the Fair Park recruiting station in Dallas, Texas, in January 1946. They lost a lot of records in a fire in 1976 but still have a lot. Note: this database also indexes draft cards for some other states, but the images of the draft cards for those states are not included those images are available separately at Fold3 -- also see the Fold3 and FamilySearch links just below for more images online. Search for members of the Vietname Dog Handler association by name or member number. In other cases, the program ignores it.
The state of induction is only applicable to enlisted men. The remaining 6 digits were used to uniquely identify the soldier. Search this database of 'The Stars and Stripes' U. The fields Residence: State; Residence: County; and Place of Enlistment are options on the main database search screen. The geographical codes matched those of voluntary enlistees, and were as follows: 20 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont 20 2: Delaware, New Jersey, New York 20 3: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D. Glad you got at least some info from the post! I offer a Second World War Research Service and have helped my clients order service records, as well as birth and death certificates if needed. To obtain records, or to make an inquiry, online use the.
In 1957, officer numbers were extended again this time to 5 999 999. Air National Guard index of unit locations, phone numbers, and web sites. Marine Helicopter pilots, crew members, and passengers killed in action since 1945. Officer service numbers during this period ranged from 50 000 to 500 000 set aside for West Point graduates and Regular Army officers and 500 001 to 3 000 000 used by reserve and direct appointment officers. I have created a page to help you decipher the documents:.
With the exceptions of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the first three numbers corresponded to a geographical area where a person had been federalized, and the last five were a personal identifier. We offer a number of services that can help you break down brick walls and expand your research. Find the location of a Veterans Affairs Facility. In general, both the Army and Air Force made every effort to avoid repeating service numbers although some mistakes did occur. In the nineteenth century, the Army also used pay records as a primary means of identifying service members after discharge. The Army officer number system was determined simply by seniority and entry date into the Army officer corps; between 1921 and 1935, officer numbers ranged from 1 to 19 999.
Varying interpretations of the same character may have occurred across the multiple reads. The new enlisted service numbers applied only to those drafted and ranged from 60 000 000 to 69 999 999 with the first two numbers a recruiting code and the last six a personal identifier. Throughout the remainder of World War I, service numbers were issued to most enlisted personnel with the numbers eventually ranging from 1 to 5 999 999. Finding military records about your war hero can provide valuable details you never knew before. The address and name for the cheque can be found on the forms. Prior to this time, the Army relied on rolls as a means of indexing enlisted service members while officers were usually listed on yearly rolls maintained by the. The final breakdown of Regular Army service numbers by time period was as follows: Geographical Code Allocated Numbers 1940—1945 Allocated Numbers 1946—1948 Allocated Numbers 1949—1960 Allocated Numbers 1961—1969 11 000 000 - 142 500 142 501 - 188 000 188 001 - 384 000 384 000 - 999 999 12 000 000 - 242 000 242 001 - 321 000 321 001 - 614 900 614 901 - 999 999 13 000 000 - 197 500 197 501 - 299 700 299 701 - 705 500 705 501 - 999 999 14 000 000 - 204 500 204 501 - 300 770 300 771 - 745 000 745 001 - 999 999 15 000 000 - 201 000 201 001 - 280 500 280 501 - 639 615 639 616 - 999 999 16 000 000 - 201 500 201 501 - 307 000 307 001 - 683 100 683 101 - 999 999 17 000 000 - 183 500 183 501 - 254 500 254 501 - 592 940 592 941 - 999 999 18 000 000 - 247 100 247 101 - 546 000 546 001 - 607 725 607 726 - 999 999 19 000 000 - 235 500 235 501 - 420 000 420 001 - 597 661 597 662 - 999 999 Draft force service numbers in the 30 and 50 million range also used geographical codes but were free to use all 999,999 possible personal identification numbers for the entire period of the draft.
National Park Service database of Union and Confederate Civil War Battle Units. I found an old draft registration card on my great great grandfather. To get a complete list, a user could execute multiple queries, such as by running a series of searches by year of enlistment. The first prefix to be created was R which was used to identify Regular Army personnel who had re-enlisted after the close of World War I and the disbandment of the National Army. Once you have either an army number or date of birth and a death certificate if applicable , you will need to fill out two forms which can be printed off by clicking the link below. The bulk of the records are for the period 1941 through 1946.
However, depending on when the person you are researching died you may only be given limited information. The remaining 6 digits were used to uniquely identify the soldier. Our research specialists are on site at the U. Officers of the Regular Army were assigned lower service numbers, with graduates in the 1920s and 1930s receiving those in the 20 000 to 50 000 range. Occasionally these veterans may have two separate service files-one officer and one enlisted. Louis Data Systems Center created early edit programs in an attempt to merge best guesses into one record. Arthur Porter, from the National Guard, also enlisted from one of those four states, since the third number of his serial number is 5.