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
View all ABMC WWI Educational Resources.
The Beginnings of the Quartermaster Graves Registration Service
World War I Education – World War I Burial Files
WWI Graves Registration Card Registers
Book: AGRS in World War I A three-volume history of American Graves Registration Service in World War I. Also visit Verdun1916 which hosts these volumes and has many graphic photos and videos of how AGRS handled our war dead for burial – temporary and permanent.
World War II
American Battle Monuments Commission
Bibliography of Graves Registration Resources
- 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
Memorial Former American Cemetery at Foy, Belgium
The National Archives
- Quartermaster Records (Graves Registration Service falls under this.)
National Cemetery Administration
New York Military Museum’s Database of World War II Dead
U.S. Army Film
- Just for Remembrance (1944)
- Men of the Graves Registration – Temporary Cemeteries
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker
WWII Army and Air Force Casualty List on Fold3
WWII US Medical Research Centre
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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