Learn about the Graves Registration Service during World War I and World War II. This section provides resources to understand their job, the records they created, and what happened to our military personnel when they were Killed In Action, were Missing In Action, or died during service. Read about current MIA recovery efforts here.
Need help understanding the history of the Graves Registration Service and the records they created, including the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF)? We have a book, Finding the Answers in the Individual Deceased Personnel File that can help!
We also have a 10- week online course Finding the Answers in the IDPF.
World War I
A Living Memorial. The American Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne (ABMC Publication)
World War I Education – World War I Burial Files
World War II
- A Grave Task
- The Graves Registration Service in WWII Part 1
- The Graves Registration Service in WWII Part 2
- C’est La Guerre! 612th Graves Registration Company World War II 1943-1945
- Crosses in the Wind by Joseph Shoman (Margraten)
- FM 10-63 Graves Registration 1945-01-15
- PAM 21-40 Military Escorts: Return of WWII Dead
- Handbook for Emergency Battlefield Burials
- Plan for Repatriation of the Dead
Cemetery Codes Word document created by the 7th Armored Division
The National Archives
- Quartermaster Records (Graves Registration Service falls under this.)
New York Military Museum’s Database of World War II Dead
- Effects Depot
- Mortuary Affairs
- Tell Me About My Boy Pamphlet
- With All Due Honors – Quartermaster Professional Bulletin Autumn/Winter 1994
U.S. Army Film
On the other side of the war, to learn about German WWI and WWII Dead and Prisoners, read the article on Many Roads.
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