In the month of May we honor and remember those who served during World War II. First on V-E Day, 8 May, and next on Memorial Day, 30 May. Have you researched the service of your World War II Soldier, Airman, Sailor, Marine, or Civilian? If not, why? What’s stopping you from learning what your soldier did in the war? The 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis? If that is what is holding you back, you should know there are many resources to reconstruct your soldier’s service history.
No matter what branch of service your family member served in, there are resources to help you learn how to do the research step-by-step and also write the story.
This month start working on your research and writing with three great resources. You will not find books that walk you through the steps of World War II soldier research anywhere else. Pick your copies up today and explore my website for full examples of military documents and files, and additional free resources for research and writing. Feel free to share your favorite website resource in the comments!
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 1: Reconstructing Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Service Records
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 2: Navigating Service Records for the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Merchant Marines
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 3: Writing the Stories of War
Faces of War: Researching Your Adopted Soldier A book specifically for the ABMC grave adopters in Europe! Your purchase will support the Dutch non-profit organization Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (Foundation United Adopters American War Graves).
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