Military Records for Allen County, Indiana

Roughly 7% of the U.S. population has served in the military according to a November 11, 2015 Facebook post by Historic Fort Wayne.

America Has Been At War 93% of the Time, 224 Out of 239 Years, since 1776. Retrieved September 11, 2017 from http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/america-war-93-time-222-239-years-since-1776.html.

In 2012, the Korean War Veterans Association voted to move their Memorial from O’Day Road to Concordia Garden Cemetery at 5365 Lake Avenue. All the names from the brick walkway at O'Day Road were put on black granite slabs at the new site. Names of people are still being put on one of the newest slabs. Photos posted November 12, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

In March 1925 the Indiana legislature passed a law making it a responsibility of county recorders to keep a record of the discharge of soldiers in their area. The details of each discharge were to fit on one page and no fee was to be charged. Veterans are encouraged to file a copy of their separation from the military (known as a DD 214) with the county recorder where they are a resident. The Indiana State Archives also has copies of some DD 214s (see http://www.in.gov/iara/2871.htm for more information). Friday Fact December 13, 2013 on Indiana Genenealogical Society.

1973 The National Archives Fire

July 10, 1973 a fire devastated The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri. Vast numbers of personnel records of former members of the Army, the Army Air Force, and the Air Force who served between 1912 and 1963 were destroyed or damaged by fire and water. For more information read Burnt in memory: Looking back at the 1973 St. Louis fire at The National Archives Prologue: Pieces of History blog. Archives Recalls Fire That Claimed Millions of Military Personnel Files by Kerri Lawrence published July 23, 2018 in the National Archives News.

  1. 20th Century Allen County Veteran's Honor Roll on ACGSI.org
  2. 21st Century Allen County Veteran's Honor Roll on ACGSI.org
  3. Our Military Heritage continually adds new pages at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  4. Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914 - in eighty-one microfilm reels are available at The Genealogy Center or can be accessed online at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. From Melissa Shimkus - January 31, 2013 The Genealogy CenterGenealogy Gems ezine.
  5. U.S. Mexico War 1846-1848 - list of Names from Indiana from the National Parks Service that ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on February 2, 1848.
  6. Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards - Microfilm - 2,544 items from The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Internet Archive.
  7. We pause in reflection Memorial Day 2014 Honor Roll of those from the area who have given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq published May 27, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Fort Wayne men who served with Colonel George Armstrong Custer in 1876

Private John Noonan born in Fort Wayne is shown with Colonel George Armstrong Custer
Private John Noonan is shown second from right in this public domain photo with Colonel George Armstrong Custer from the article on Native American Indian Bloody Knife on Wikipiedia. The bear Custer shot and later said to be his greatest hunting achievement was during his Black Hills Expedition (1874).

George A. Bott a private was born in 1853 Fort Wayne, it is unknown when or where he died, and John Noonan (John McKinney) a corporal born in 1846 Fort Wayne, committed suicide November 30, 1878, at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory. His suicide is explained in the article Noonan’s Last Stand “We was flabbergasted” written by Paul Andrew Hutton was published December 01, 2005 in True West Preserving the American West magazine. Both men served in the Seventh U.S. Cavalry under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. On June 25, 1876, Custer’s troops were defeated at the Battle of Little Big Horn. The Indiana Historical Society has a three page paper the List of Indiana Soldiers Who Served with Custer in the Seventh Cavalry, Extracted from Men with Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry in 1876, edited by Ronald H. Nichols (2000) by Paul A. Carr and Melinda Moore Weaver. Biographies for these men are found in the book Men With Custer: Biographies of the 7th Calvary, June 25, 1876, edited by Ronald H. Nichols (Hardin, MT: Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association, 2000).

The Men Who Won 'Custer's Last Stand' video about David Humphreys Miller from Van Wert, Ohio while a high school student traveled to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, interviewed and painted portraits of the the survivors of the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn by Eric Olson published March 23, 2017 on WPTA21 ABC TV station .

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Allen County Military Information

  1. Search Allen County, Indiana Area Servicemen and Servicewomen, 20th Century a database extracted from newspaper articles primarily concerned Allen County men who served in World War II.
  2. Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services, 1841 Allen County in the State of Indiana lists 3 names: Michael Crance 97 Wayne, Charles Weeks 79 Perry, William Berry 76 Cedar. (Source: Internet Archive)
  3. List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883  on page 4-8 from Allen County, Indiana
  4. History of the 160th Ind. vol. infantry in the Spanish-American war, with biographies of officers and enlisted men and rosters of the companies.. by George B Bowers an Archive.org ebook.
  5. GE’s WWI memorial merits care A memorial to GE workers who served in World War I was erected by fellow employees on Nov. 11, 1924, has hundreds of names on it, all GE employees who served in World War I. Included are the names of six GE employees who died in the war. By Frank Gray published November 20, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. General Electric Company Donates WWI Memorial to City on City of Fort Wayne Indiana Parks & Recreation. On May 24, 2013, the City of Fort Wayne rededicated it at its new location in McCulloch Park from GE Donates World War 1 Memorial to Fort Wayne, Indiana by PB Cora published May 29, 2013 on WWI Centenail Network America Remembers the Great War.
  6. Disabled American Veterans Chapter#40 Allen County, Indiana on Facebook.
  7. The Purple Heart by Nancy McCammon-Hansen posted January 7, 2015 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

122nd Fighter Wing at Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base at Baer Field

Home of the Blacksnakes. April 9, 2015 on their Facebook page they posted photos of their history timeline, Paul Frank Baer story and various planes flown over the years on the photo boards created for the opening of the Baer Field Heritage Air Park.

The 122nd Fighter Wing, flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II out of the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fort Wayne International Airport is adjacent to the base and is also known by its original name, Baer Field. Baer Field was named for 1st Lieutenant Paul Baer, a World War I veteran and Fort Wayne native. April 2, 2015 on Daniel Baker posted on Facebook a photo of the January 3, 1931 funeral procession for Paul Baer down West Main Street to Lindenwood Cemetery.

The Air National Guard as we know it today is a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force. It was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II.

War Veteran Stories

  1. Legacies of WWII published by The News-Sentinel newspaper are listed on the World War II page.
  2. LEGACIES OF KOREAN WAR published by The News-Sentinel newspaper are listed below:
  3. HONOR FLIGHT stories published by The News-Sentinel newspaper are listed below:
  4. Honor Flight Northeast Indiana always in search for more volunteers and veterans - May 11, 2018 - In J.M. Flagg's infamous recruiting poster released in the thick of World War I, Uncle Sam's emphatic finger point with the phrase "I Want YOU for the U.S. Army" was ingrained into the memory of the generations of people that fought in World War I and World War II.
  5. HONOR FLIGHT: Hal and Milly Finn, a love story set during the early days of the Korean War - May 10, 2018 - This is the fourth in a series of stories on local veterans that took part in the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana trip to Washington D.C. on April 25.
  6. HONOR FLIGHT: Marine artilleryman Ken Bosworth can still recall horrific carnage of battle on Okinawa - May 9, 2018 - This is the third in a series of stories on local veterans that took part in the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana trip to Washington D.C. on April 25. 
  7. HONOR FLIGHT: Dewey Price finds a serene retirement in Nappanee after serving in Vietnam, Bosnia and Iraq - May 8, 2018 - This is the second in a series of stories on local veterans that took part in the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana trip to Washington D.C. on April 25.
  8. HONOR FLIGHT: After seven decades, memories of Okinawa still fresh for Huntertown’s Walter Hansen - May 7, 2018 - It has been 73 years since Huntertown resident Walter Hansen fought on Okinawa, yet the vivid memories and emotions are as if it happened yesterday. Hansen does not shy away from speaking about the majority of his experiences in World War II.
  9. LEGACIES OF THE KOREAN WAR: Marilyn Rinn Krueger Renbarger – Women’s Army Corps - April 23, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper - During the Korean War, Marilyn Rinn Krueger Renbarger of Fort Wayne served as a WAC (Women’s Army Corps). However, she didn’t serve in Korea but near the glamorous ‘city of lights’, known as Paris. Her office was in a large villa whose occupant was one of the most famous people in the world. She worked for General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who during World War II had successfully served as Supreme Commander of Allied forces on the Western Front, including the invasion of the Normandy coast at D-Day.
  10. LEGACIES OF THE KOREAN WAR: Wayne Doenges – Army Medical Corp / Korea March 26, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper
  11. LEGACIES OF THE KOREAN WAR: Theodore Paul Betley – Korean War/Army by Kayleen Reusser published February 12, 2018 in   The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  12. Carl Shoudel, 90 in 2011, is a veteran of the Korean War and World War II, where he fought in the southwest Pacific. He wanted to share his memories of New Guinea, Japan and the Philippine Islands, as most of the wartime memoirs he sees detailing World War II deal with battles in Europe. Read his story in Getting it all down At 90, WWII veteran details his story in book by Jaclyn Youhana published August 21, 2011 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  13. American Veterans Show is a YouTubeof local veterans posted since January 2012 by Dale Parish filmed by Fort Wayne Public Access at the Allen County Public Library.
  14. A True Story of a Korean War POW/MIA: Escaped With Honor by Charles Layton, Tammy Elmore and Georgiann Coons. Former Fort Wayne resident's memoir chronicles daring Korean War escape by Sheryl Krieg was published July 22, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  15. Homeless veteran to receive military burial: Area groups honor a man whose life remains a mystery by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published March 30, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Photos of the Funeral of John Pawlowski were published March 31, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper
  16. An ocean away, Fort Wayne native Brandon Parrish serves in U.S. navy, lives in Europe, supports NATO mission 2012 South Side High School graduate and Fort Wayne native by Brian T. Glunt publilshed August 11, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Indiana Military Information

  1. 1812 Burials in the State of Indiana compliments of Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Indiana
  2. Finding Indiana Records by the Indiana Historical Society states: Military Records National Archives: www.archives.gov Compiled military service records, individual pension records, and bounty land records, many can now be ordered online or by mail. Some are also searchable on their website. Indiana State Archives: http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org
  3. Indiana Military Records wiki at FamilySearch.
  4. Indiana Military Records on INGenWeb
  5. Indiana State Library World War II Servicemen Database Index is an index of Indianapolis newspapers (News, Star, and Times) for notices of casualties, missing military personnel, prisoners, and decorations of Indiana servicemen and women.
  6. Indiana Soldiers & Sailors Children's Home
  7. Record of Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish-American War 1898-1899
  8. Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home
  9. Indiana Veterans of World War I
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United States Military Information

  1. 1812 Poetic Poem To the Generous Patrons of the Argus on Library of Congress.
  2. War of 1812 Pensions http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/ Preserve the Pension donations http://www.fgs.org/cstm_PreserveThePensions.php
  3. American Battle Monuments Commission - government site commemorates armed forces
  4. America's Wars - how many served in each war from Department of Veteran Affairs
  5. The Badge of Military Merit / The Purple Heart explains the history of the Purple Heart medal originating from August 7, 1782 when General George Washington devised two new badges of distinction for enlisted men and noncommissioned officers on the U.S. ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY website.
  6. History of Veterans Day from United States Department of Veteran Affairs
  7. How did “Taps” originate? by Elizabeth Nix published April 15, 2016 on History.com.
  8. The 1973 Fire, National Personnel Records Center at The National Archives at St. Louis. On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF). The fire destroyed 80% of records for Army personnel discharged November 1, 1912 to January 1, 1960 and 75% of Air Force personnel discharged September 25, 1947 to January 1, 1964 (with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.).
  9. Memorial Day History at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  10. The National Archives Veterans' Service Records and Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007
  11. National Cemetery Administration at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  12. Ordering a Headstone, Marker or Medallion for a Veteran Buried in a Private Cemetery at United States Department of Veteran Affairs - The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 38.632 "Headstone and Marker Application Process" became effective on July 1, 2009. This regulation describes the processes required to apply for a Government headstone and marker, as well as request a new emblem of belief be added to the list of emblems available for inscription on headstones and markers. ... If someone other than the NOK is applying for the headstone, marker or medallion, the application package must include a written statement signed by the NOK or decedent authorizing that person (the applicant) to apply for this benefit. A notarized statement is not required for these purposes.
  13. United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 - on FamilySearch
  14. Veteran History Project - The Library of Congress - the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

AncestryPaths.com has several pages with links to Archive.org or Google ebooks - they all are searchable and freely available

  1. Official Army Register for the United States - United States Army register 1813 to 1969. Early years are clustered around war years.
  2. DAR Lineage Book first 60 volumes of the DAR Lineage Books.
  3. DAR National Directory 1896 to 1911 containing names, addresses and national member numbers for over 50,000 DAR members.
  4. Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine 29 volumes spanning 30 years (1893 to 1923).
  5. Medals of Honor 1862-1923 four volumes
  6. Official Register of the United States 90 volumes of the Official Register of the United States 1816 to 1959. Include names and salaries of all civil servants and in some cases members of the military as well.
  7. Register of the Department of State Persons employed in the department and diplomatic, consular and territorial service. 38 volumes cover 1870 to 1950 showing staff names and salaries.
  8. Society of Colonial Wars over 85 books covering the officers and members of the Society of Colonial Wars written between 1893 and 1921. National membership level and State level.
  9. Sons of the American Revolution over 130 books published between 1889 and 1930, details about the membership, including the National Society and State level societies.
  10. Sons of the Revolution links to 150 books published between 1884 and 1923 with details about the membership, including the National Society and State level societies.
  11. United States Revolution Military pensions interesting collection of books covering the Revolutionary War Military Pension lists and property rights for soldiers.
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Page updated: March 26, 2019