Historical records subscription site Fold3 is opening up its WWII military records collection free through May 31, in honor of Memorial Day. You’ll need to set up a free membership with the site to view the records.
Highlights of these records include:
- draft registration cards
- Army enlistment records
- Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File
- Navy muster rolls
- missing air crew reports
- casualty lists
(WWII service records, available from the National Archives only to veterans and their next of kin for privacy reasons, aren’t online.)
My grandfather and his brother served in WWII, and their Army enlistment records (taken from the National Archives’ database) are on Fold3, with basic facts about them at the time of enlistment: birth year, marital status, education level, occupation category, enlistment date and place, and Army serial number.
I’ll show you another relative’s record—the “Old Man’s Draft” card for my great-grandmother’s brother (this is the front of the two-sided card):
The Old Man’s Draft was the fourth registration for World War II, for men born between April 28, 1877 and Feb. 16, 1897. It’s worth searching Fold3’s WWII collection for relatives born during those years, even if you know they didn’t serve.