Gaston County Public Library

Researching World War II Soldiers

How to Research World War II Records

  • 929.1 KNO NCC. WWII Military Records: A Family Historian's Guide by Debra Johnson Knox.
  • 940.54 GAW. Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army by Jonathan Gawne.
  • Finding Information on Personal Participation in World War II [PDF] by the National Archives and Records Administration.
    Go to: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/ww2-participation.pdf

The National Archives

Military personnel records are a valuable tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records. Limited information is releasable to the general public without the consent of the veteran or the next-of-kin. You are considered a member of the general public if you are asking about a veteran who is no relation to you, or a veteran who is a relative but you are not the next-of-kin. Next-of-kin is defined as the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran.

Request veterans' service records from WWII at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

Other Resources available at the National Archives:

Databases

Carolina World War II Soldiers

  • 071.5677 BEL NCC OVER. World War II Military Photographs of Belmont, NC Area People. Belmont Banner.
  • 920 SOL NCC. Soldiers' Stories: The Gaston Gazette Remembers Area World War II Veterans by Bo Peteresen. List of Gaston County World War II dead on pages 134 - 135.
  • 940.53 CLO NCC. WWII - The Last Man Club of Gaston County, North Carolina: stories of the honor guard by Marty Cloninger.
  • 940.53 WOR NCC. World War II Hometown and Home Front Heroes: Life Experience Stories from the Carolinas' Piedmont by Margaret G. Bigger. Includes several people from Gaston and Lincoln counties.
  • 940.54 NOR NC. North Carolina's Shining Hour: Images and Voices from World War II by Our State Books.
  • “They Fight the Foe; You Buy the Bonds!” The Gastonia Gazette, 19 Jan 1944, pages 1 & 9. Available on microfilm at the Reference Desk at the Gastonia Main Library.
  • Search our Gaston - Lincoln Biography & History Index for names of individual soldiers.
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/gaston-lincoln-biography-index/
  • Soldiers Who Died in WWII: Gaston County
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/military/soldiers-who-died-in-ww-ii-gaston-county-north-carolina/
  • Soldiers Who Died in WWII: Lincoln County
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/military/soldiers-who-died-in-ww-ii-lincoln-county-north-carolina/
  • The Gastonia Gazette World War II Soldier INDEX is an index to Gaston County soldiers found in the pages of the Gastonia Gazette newspaper.
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/gazette-world-war-2-soldier-index

Other Resources

Search our Catalog by Subject for: World War, 1939-1945.

Headstones for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.
Go to: http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/hm_hm.asp

 


 

Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching World War II Soldiers
URL: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/researching-world-war-ii-soldiers/
Revised: 14 March 2017