In honor of Pearl Harbor Day today, subscription site Footnote is making its WWII records collectionwith more than 10 million records, documents and photos from the National Archivesfree to the public for the rest of December. Included are
- The Interactive USS Arizona Memorial, a virtual wall of names linked to information about each person who died on the vessel. Heres an example featuring USS Arizona Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh.
- Missing Air Crew Reports, more than 16,605 case files and related records of the US Army Air Forces
- Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls listing all personnel assigned to ships based at Pearl Harbor between 1939 and 1947
- Army and Navy Judge Advocate General case files.
- Submarine Patrol Reports, 1941 to 1945,
- Naval press clippings collected from 1942 to 1960 by the Public Information Department of the 13th Naval District, headquartered in Seattle
- Holocaust records (Footnote had already made this collection free through the end of the year)
Access the records from Footnote’s WWII landing page.
Helpful resources from FamilyTreeMagazine.com:
- Military Records Toolkit (free article)
Addition: If youre looking for a WWII veteran’s military service records, the National Archives and Records Administration restricts access to these for privacy reasons. Veterans and next-of kin (surviving widows/widowers who havent remarried, children, siblings and parents) can request them from NARAs National Personnel Records Center through the eVetRecs online system or by mail or fax.
If youre not next of kin, you may be able to get limited information from WWII service records. See NARAs website for information.