World War I

A 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis destroyed the only copies of the service records of most WWI soldiers

  • 80% of the records of army veterans discharged from 11/1/1912 to 1/1/1960 were lost
  • U.S. Navy and Marine Corps records escaped damage

Check alternative records such as pay vouchers. These can provide the veteran’s name, service number, dates of service and character of service

For ancestors who died while in the military from 1915-1939, search for Burial Case Files

Fold3 contains more than 82.5 million records related to WWI. You can target these records by starting your search here

  • Databases include:
    • Registers of Officers Who Served in the US Army 1798-1969
    • Gorrell’s History – includes historical narratives, reports and photographs for the Air Service in the American Expeditionary Forces
    • US Expeditionary Force, North Russia
    • Navy and Marine Corps Officer Registers
    • and many more…

The Library of Congress has ditized WWI newspaper clippings at World War History: Newspaper Clippings, 1914 to 1926



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