Sunday, May 27, 2007

World War II Army Enlistment Records

I've been browsing through the Military Records trying to find NEW databases that might contain meaningful records. One of the databases is the World War II Army Enlistment Records for 1938 to 1946. There is a treasure trove of information in them. I don't have any close family members who enlisted in the Army, so I chose one of the Seaver men on the list.

Here is what is in these records (some of the information may vary depending on rank):


Name: Guy R Seaver Jr
Birth Year: 1918
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Vermont
State: Vermont
County or City: Orange

Enlistment Date: 27 May 1942
Enlistment State: Vermont
Enlistment City: Rutland
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 1 year of high school
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 70
Weight: 166


You don't get to see the actual document. Ancestry has put all of the data into an index and you see what they have transcribed. There is a lot of information there. Unfortunately, only the birth year is provided, but you do get a height (in inches) and a weight (in pounds).

This is one more set of very useful data for 20th century research.

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