Military Records for Allen County, Indiana
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May 12, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:
Have you explored 'Our Military Heritage' database?
Our Military Heritage includes images of books, pamphlets, government documents, original letters, diaries, biographies, photographs, videos, unit histories, and rosters as well as service and pension records. A project of The Genealogy Center, this collection of data files offers materials from the Colonial era through the Afghanistan and Iraqi Wars. Contributions of additional data are most welcome!
Start exploring here: https://www.genealogycenter.info/military/
November 11, 2015 post by Historic Fort Wayne on Facebook:
Roughly 7% of the US population has served in the military. There are an estimated 20 million veterans alive today. Today has been set aside to remember and celebrate veterans - men and women of uncommon valor and shared purpose, people who have selflessly devoted themselves to patriotism, love of country and sacrifice for the common good. Our deepest thanks and prayers are with you for your service..
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.
Indiana Archives Digital Index Records
May 26, 2023 post by Indiana Archives and Records Administration on Facebook:
Just in time for Memorial Day - we’ve added new records to the Research Indiana Indexes.
Now you’ll be able to search for WWI and WWII Deceased military members.
Search the Index here: Indiana Archives Digital Index Records
September 18, 2023 post by the City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook:
Last night was a special evening as our city and local veterans came together to dedicate the renamed and renovated Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Read more: FORT WAYNE VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE DEDICATION
September 17, 2023 post by the City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook:
City of Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication video starts around 6:00 of the 42 minute video.
September 18, 2023 post by Historic Fort Wayne on Facebook:
Last night the Veteran's Memorial Bridge over Spy Run was dedicated. Thanks to our amazing Fort Color Guard for participating in the ceremony. We're so pleased for this beautiful addition to Fort Wayne honoring our veterans, and that the construction is finally done!
September 18, 2023 post by the Indiana Department of Transportation: Northeast on Facebook:
Some of our INDOT team was on hand last night to help dedicate the Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge on U.S. 27 in downtown Fort Wayne! The bridge honors veterans from all military branches with all of the great new features that thousands of motorists will get to see every day.
September 19, 2023 post by the 122nd Fighter Wingon Facebook:
ICYMI: The Veteran's Memorial Bridge dedication and ribbon-cutting took place on a beautiful evening last Sunday, September 17th. The military pride of the Fort Wayne community is both humbling and inspiring. Thank you!
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September 22, 2023 post by SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on Facebook:
SAR PATRIOT MARKER: as read by Seth Bradtmueller during the Patriot Grave Marking of Colonel Alexander Ewing on 16 September 2023 in Ft. Wayne, IN.
The center of the SAR Patriot Grave Marker contains a picture of a Minute Man; the first volunteer for the American Revolution. He was ready to go “at a minute’s notice.”
The Minute Man is surrounded by 13 stars which represents the original 13 colonies.
The date of 1775 is the generally agreed upon date of the start of the American revolution.
The term “Patriot” at the bottom of the marker signifies someone that served or supported the American Revolution.
Finally, the Grave Marker contains the letters “S”, “A” and “R” which stand for the recognizing organization, the Sons of the American Revolution.
The Allen County Courthouse Green was dedicated October 15, 1999. Since the late 1800s all the land around the Allen County Courthouse was occupied by buildings.
- The Allen County Memorial Coliseum built in 1952 was a memorial to World War II veterans and has lists of names on bronze plaques on the walls.
- Civil War Monument is at Lawton Park on Spy Run
- Memorial Park was dedicated to World War I veterans
- A private World War I monument was erected by General Electric for their employees on Broadway Avenue.
- Some high schools have memorials to their students
- 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... Archived group only visible to existing members 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.
Military History of Fort Wayne
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana: Honoring a Generation a WFWA TV39 PBS Fort Wayne Special | 59m 18s This hour long documentary tells the story of how Honor Flight Northeast Indiana grew from humble beginnings in 2008 and how, by October 2014, it had transported over 900 northeast Indiana World War II veterans -- free of charge – to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Aired: 11/06/14 Rating: NR. Honor Flight Northeast Indiana: https://www.hfnei.org/, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HFNEI1/.
A November 17, 2022 post by The Bones of Kekionga on Facebook with photos states:
We were kind of excited last Monday as we got back on a field suspected as a campsite for armies of Harmar, Wayne or Harrison and within minutes found musket balls, a lead block with '4th' engraved in it, perhaps used by a printer. Later that morning, a chewed lead ball with teeth marks was found perhaps used by an anxious infantryman or one that had been suffering from an injury or illness. But the positive Coup De Grace was finding what we are 95% sure is a decorative tombac button that would have been sewn on a cuff worn around the wrist of late 1700s or early 1800s American soldiers. An old spigot perhaps used for a barrel of whiskey? The search for more proof will continue at a later date.
- 20th Century Allen County Veteran's Honor Roll on ACGSI.org
- 21st Century Allen County Veteran's Honor Roll on ACGSI.org
- Our Military Heritage website with Manager Curt Witcher and Genealogy Librarian Sara Allen at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana on PrimeTime39 - September 22, 2017 Season 2017 Episode 1432 | 28m 34s This area's only in-depth, live, weekly news, analysis and cultural update forum, PrimeTime 39 airs Fridays at 7:30pm.
- Our Military Heritage continually adds new pages at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- 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 Genealogy Gems ezine at the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana with an Archive of online Genealogy Gems articles.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
1973 The National Archives St. Louis Fire
July 7, 2023 post by the US National Archives on Facebook:
In 1973, a disastrous fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) destroyed between 16 and 18 million Official Military Personnel Files. We're marking the occasion with a three-part series on the fire and its aftermath.
On July 12, 1973, shortly after midnight, a fire was reported at the NPRC’s military personnel records building at 9700 Page Boulevard in St. Louis, MO. Within minutes, fire trucks arrived on the scene. The firemen tried to enter the sixth floor, where the fire had started, but the extreme heat prevented them. Their focus turned to fighting the fire from outside the building. Unfortunately, the partial collapse of the roof made their efforts difficult. Over the next 24 hours, numerous fire departments from the surrounding counties came to assist.
During this time, experts from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Public Services Building came to the site to save as many documents as possible. Since the fire was concentrated on the south side of the building, people were still able to briefly enter the facility. The staff was aware that the fire was concentrated on the sixth floor, where Army and Air Force records were held, and they made it a priority to retrieve boxes of microfilm that held morning reports for the two branches. These reels helped staff reconstruct records that were lost in the fire and are still heavily used to this day.
The fire was finally put out on July 16, and control of the building was returned to the government. The priority was on saving the records that could be salvaged. When staff were allowed onto the sixth floor, they were pleasantly surprised to discover that some of the records on the floor had survived. Records were removed from the affected areas and brought to the parking lot, where tents were set up and employees sorted through the records.
Learn more about the NPRC fire on the Pieces of History blog
National Personnel Records Center Fire Series: The Fire
Image: Building 100 during the 1973 fire at the Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO, 1973.
Photograph of the South Side of Building 100 Looking to the South East Corner During the 1973 Fire at the Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri
- 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.
August 7, 2022 post by Today's Document on Facebook:
On 8/7/2012, a conservator at the National Archives’ National Personnel Records Center works with records damaged by the 1973 fire that destroyed over 16 million Official Military Personnel Files.
Series: Central Digital Photographic Assignment Files Documenting Events, Officials, Facilities, and Operations, 1/3/2006 - 12/19/2013
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
Image description: A conservator wearing blue nitrile gloves separates pages from a block of papers that are curled, singed, and crumbling around the edges. A rusty Acco fastener holds part of the file together.
- Reconstructing the Past: The National Personnel Record Center Fire of 1973 by Michael Strauss posted September 28, 2022 on Fold3.
July 11, 2023 post by the US National Archives on Facebook:
“It's been 50 years since the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) fire, and the National Archives and the nation are still recovering from the ashes. I’ve seen firsthand the extraordinary lengths our staff in St. Louis go to every day to piece back together the records our veterans and their families need. It's a sobering reminder of both how important and how fragile our mission can be,” said Dr. Colleen Shogan, Archivist of the United States.
On the anniversary of the NPRC fire, the National Archives has created a new Special Topics page sharing its most comprehensive effort to document the history and resources available to understand the NPRC fire, its aftermath, and the changes it led to in policies and procedures. The new page contains records and resources related to the fire, including an extensive ongoing oral history project from the National Archives Historian, images from the St. Louis Preservation Lab of how staff work with burned records, a one-page fact sheet, and a quick access link to requesting veterans’ records online.
Learn more about these new resources on the Remembering the 1973 NPRC Fire Special Topics Page:
Image: Records on the 6th floor being recovered months after the fire, in 1973.
July 12, 2023 post by Today's Document on Facebook:
On July 12, 1973, a fire on the sixth floor of the National Archives’ Military Personnel Records Center destroyed over 16 million Official Military Personnel Files.
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration
Series: Photographs Relating to the Fire at the Military Personnel Records Center in 1973
Image description: A long, six-story building. The window frames on the sixth floor are bent and warped from heat, and smoke is coming out of some of the openings. Fire truck ladders are reaching up to aim water at the fire.
July 13, 2023 post by the US National Archives on Facebook:
Go behind the scenes to see the National Personnel Records Center's new state-of-the-art preservation lab. In 1973, a fire in NPRC's former building destroyed an estimated 16 to 18 million military personnel files. Six million more were recovered with varying degrees of fire and water damage. As individual files are requested, preservation technicians painstakingly treat the documents for damage and mold.
Preservation Lab at the National Archives, St. Louis video on YouTube
August 21, 2023 post by the US National Archives on Facebook:
The disastrous fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in 1973 not only destroyed millions of military personnel records, but the after-effects had long-term repercussions on the facility and the National Archives staff.
Despite employees being permitted to return to the building after two months, the facility had undergone significant changes due to the fire. Personnel reported that the building still smelled like a fire long after it had been cleaned. The sixth floor suffered considerable damage and was demolished, with a new roof built in its place. As a result, there was less storage and office space than before.
A 1977 General Services Administration (GSA) study revealed that many other facilities had similar risks as the NPRC. The report detailed how these other locations could mitigate the risks of a fire. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely stop the risks and in 1978 a fire broke out in one of the vaults at the Washington National Records Center in Suitland, MD, destroying 12 million feet of newsreel.
In 2011, The NPRC moved to a new facility in St. Louis. Staff relocated over a hundred million records from the old facility, including burnt records. Even though the location has changed, there are dedicated teams assigned to answering requests for records that were damaged in the fire.
Learn more about the aftermath of the 1973 fire on the Pieces of History blog:
National Personnel Records Center Fire Series: The Aftermath
Fort Wayne men who served with Colonel George Armstrong Custer in 1876
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 in Montana. 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 ABC WPTA21.com TV station .
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Allen County Military Information
- 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)
- List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 on page 4-8 from Allen County, Indiana
- 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 on Archive.org.
- 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.
- Disabled American Veterans Chapter#40 Allen County, Indiana on Facebook.
- Military History of Fort Wayne on Facebook.
- The Purple Heart by Nancy McCammon-Hansen posted January 7, 2015 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
August 30, 2023 post by the City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook:
A tribute to our veterans.
Residents are invited to attend a dedication ceremony for the new Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge on Sunday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Read more: COMMUNITY INVITED TO FORT WAYNE VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE DEDICATION
122nd Fighter Wing at Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base at Baer Field
Home of the Blacksnakes
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.
Copied from the History page on The Official Web Site for the 122nd Fighter Wing
.April 9, 2015 post by the 122nd Fighter Wing on Facebook:
Throwback Thursday .... These historical photo boards were expertly created for the opening of Baer Field Heritage Air Park, the park has been open to the public for almost two years in May. It is open to share our heritage and our mission with the public from 9 A.M. to dusk daily. We have a rich heritage with, Fighters at the Fort, and want to share this heritage with Fort Wayne as we have done here, at Baer Field since 1946 - Thank you Fort Wayne. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpboAmXBHgA
The 122nd Fighter Wing is currently converting from the F-16 Fighting Falcon to the A-10 Thunderbolt, also known as the Warthog. from New A-10s arrive at Fort Wayne Courtesy Story July 6, 2010 at National Guard.mil.
September 9, 2023 post by the 122nd Fighter Wing on Facebook:
Check out our feature of Heritage Park, located right outside of base!
🎥: Airman 1st Class Halley Clark @nationalguardin @indianaairnationalguard @122blacksnakes Indiana National Guard Blacksnakes Recruiting - 122nd FW @airnationalguard #airnationalguard
War Veteran Stories
- Legacies of WWII published by The News-Sentinel newspaper are listed on the World War II page.
- LEGACIES OF KOREAN WAR published by The News-Sentinel newspaper are listed below:
- HONOR FLIGHT stories published by The News-Sentinel newspaper are listed below:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- LEGACIES OF THE KOREAN WAR: Wayne Doenges – Army Medical Corp / Korea March 26, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper
- LEGACIES OF THE KOREAN WAR: Theodore Paul Betley – Korean War/Army by Kayleen Reusser published February 12, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- 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 inGetting it all down At 90, WWII veteran details his story in book by Jaclyn Youhana published August 21, 2011 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- An October 26, 2022 post by Kayleen Reusser Media on Facebook states:
Army vet Mike Blough greets Army vet Fritz Bultemeyer and Air Force vet Dr. Al Brothers. Mrs. Bultemeyer, also an Army vet, looks on. Whew! The book launch for Voices From Vietnam: Stories of War in my hometown of Bluffton Indiana is over! A great group of people showed up at the Wells County Public Library to meet and talk with some of the 18 men featured in this book.... Book launch for ‘Voices From Vietnam: Stories of War’ Is in the Books!at Writing of Kayleen Reusser blog.
Indiana Military Information
- 1812 Burials in the State of Indiana compliments of Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Indiana
- 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.
- Korean War, 1950-1953
About this collection The Korean War Digital Collection features letters, photographs, and manuscript items from the collectionsof Korean War veterans from Indiana: Byford Lee Reed, Ralph A. Bond, Edward E. Gray, Harry W. Brooks, Jr., and Donald F. Lawlis.At We Do History online digital collection by the Indiana Historical Society.
- Indiana Military Records wiki at FamilySearch.org.
- Indiana Military Records on INGenWeb
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.
- Indiana Soldiers & Sailors Children's Home
- Record of Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish-American War 1898-1899
- Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home
- Indiana Veterans of World War I
- Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
About this collection Following the conclusion of the French Indochina War in 1954, Vietnam was divided into communist North Vietnam and noncommunist South Vietnam. In the late 1950s, North Vietnam activated communist cadres in the South in an effort to take the country by force. Concerned that these actions might trigger a wider war in the area, America pursued intervention eventually committing armed forces in March 1965. Hoosiers volunteered and/or were drafted to serve in all military capacities during what became a controversial conflict at home (known in America as the Vietnam War). In 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were signed. U.S. troops were withdrawn and many prisoners of war were repatriated. North Vietnamese forces overran the South Vietnamese army by 1975 and created a unified, communist Vietnam.At We Do History online digital collection by the Indiana Historical Society.
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United States Military Information
- 1812 Poetic Poem To the Generous Patrons of the Argus on Library of Congress.
- War of 1812 Pensions http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/ Preserve the Pension donations http://www.fgs.org/cstm_PreserveThePensions.php
- American Battle Monuments Commission - government site commemorates armed forces
- America's Wars - how many served in each war from Department of Veteran Affairs
- 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.
- Clues for Discovering Military Service by Amy Johnson Crow
- History Hub -
Are you searching for Navy deck logs or Army unit histories? Records from the Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard? Get started researching your family's military service history with #HistoryHub's Military Records Community this #VeteransDay. Military Records.Copied from November 11, 2022 by US National Archives on Facebook.
- History of Veterans Day from United States Department of Veteran Affairs
- How did “Taps” originate? by Elizabeth Nix published April 15, 2016 on History.com.
- The 1973 Fire, National Personnel Records Center at The National Archivesat 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.).
- Memorial Day History at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- The National ArchivesVeterans' Service Records and Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007
- National Cemetery Administration at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- The Remarkable and Complex Legacy of Native American Military Service Why do they serve? The answer is grounded in honor and love for their homeland by Alicia Ault Museums Correspondent November 11, 2020 in Smithsonian Magazine. See our Indians - Native Americans page.
- 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.
- United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 - on FamilySearch.org
- 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.
May 20, 2023 post by Amy Johnson Crow on Facebook:
What does "No man left behind" truly mean? For Megan Smolenyak, it means working to identify service members from past conflicts, finding their families, and bringing them home in the process of military repatriation.
She and I discuss Army Repatriation - a perfect topic with Memorial Day approaching. It’s time to continue to honor our fallen soldiers - and help them finally return to their families.
Learn more here: https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/army-repatriation.../
AncestryPaths.com has several pages with links to Archive.org or Google ebooks - they all are searchable and freely available
- Official Army Register for the United States - United States Army register 1813 to 1969. Early years are clustered around war years.
- DAR Lineage Book first 60 volumes of the DAR Lineage Books.
- DAR National Directory 1896 to 1911 containing names, addresses and national member numbers for over 50,000 DAR members.
- Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine 29 volumes spanning 30 years (1893 to 1923).
- Medals of Honor 1862-1923 four volumes
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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June 7, 2023 post by Research at the US National Archives on Facebook:
Premiering now on our @YouTube channel: Rachael Salyer shares how #genealogists can use military records to gain deeper insight into family members’ service during the #KoreanWar.