• Update on Availability of Vietnam Era (1956-1978) US Navy Deck Logs

    On August 9, 2019 the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) entered into an agreement to digitize the Vietnam-era US Navy and Coast Guard deck logs from 1956 t...
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  • Pre-World War I US Army Service Records

    Introduction The records below are the main series used for documenting military service in the US Army prior to the time period just before World War I. Questions about the records listed in this blog as well as oth...
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  • Records Relating to Civil War Units

    The bulk of the records relating to individual regiments of the U.S. Army are in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94).  Some of these major series include: Regimental and ...
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  • United States Navy and the Interwar Fleet Problems

    In the aftermath of World War I with the rise of American global status, a colonial power in the Carribean and Pacific and a component of a European alliance with Great Britain and France, the United States Navy began...
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  • Researching Personalities in U.S. Army Photographs

    Local Identifier: 111-SC-198304, NAID: 12010146, Original caption: “Bastogne, Belgium–Weary infantrymen of the 110th Regt., 28th Div., US 1st Army following the German breakthrough in that area. The enemy ...
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  • Selective Service System Classification & Registration Records for 1940 – 1975

    Selective Service System Classification & Registration Records for 1940 – 1975   General Information and Descriptions     All Selective Service System Classification and Registration Records: ...
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  • War Beneath the Waves: Researching Anti-Submarine Incident Reports during World War II

    To highlight another series that is available on the National Archives Catalog, we are featuring the new scanned series of index cards to the Anti-Submarine Incident Reports from the Anti-Submarine War (ASW) Section o...
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  • CLOSED - Vietnam War-era U.S. Navy & Coast Guard Deck Logs for Digitization Project

    The National Archives entered into an agreement on August 9, 2019 with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to digitize U.S. Navy and Coast Guard deck logs from vessels with Vietnam-era service.   “...
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  • Records of the Lost: Looking at the Records of Flight 19

    There are few events in U. S. history that spark the imagination to “what happened” than the disappearance of Flight 19 on December 5, 1945. In brief, for those unfamiliar with the story, Flight 19 was a t...
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  • Vessel & Station Log Books

    Vessel & Station Log Books  The National Archives and Records Administration preserves the log books of the vessels and stations of several Federal agencies (see list), capturing different levels of informati...
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  • War Diaries versus War Diaries

    To continue to highlight new digital series available on the National Archives Catalog, World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, 1942-1946 is another series that has come from NARA’s di...
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  • World War II Submarine War Patrol Reports

    In the last few years, the National Archives has been partnering with online services like Ancestry.com and Fold3.com to digitize microfilm and microfiche series of records. The intent was that after a span of time on...
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  • Requesting Old Military Service Records in person

    The National Archives in Washington DC maintains military records from independence to the beginning of the twentieth century.  Review what records we have available in our facilities in this Prologue article. &...
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  • Civil War Veterans' Pension Applications - A "Prologue" Article

    From the Summer 2010 issue of "Prologue":   "A Reasonable Degree of Promptitude"
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  • Students Create Tool Using Records to Help Navy Vietnam Veterans Get Benefits

    A group of University of Virginia graduate students created a project using data from U.S. Navy deck logs—held at the National Archives at College Park and available via the online catalog—to pinpoint loca...
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  • D-Day and the National Archives

    Linked below are just a few of the National Archive's web pages, blogs, and announcements related to D-Day exhibits and records at the National Archives. Many of these pages in turn link additional pages. "Display C...
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  • Researching for Photographs of World War II Military Units & Crews

    Although there may be yearbooks and crew photos intermingled with textual records of the units, ships or crews, they are not considered permanent records unless the photographs were taken by the Army Signal Corps or o...
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  • Researching Veterans: Personnel vs. Unit and Ship Records

    NAID 26398321   When researching individual veterans, researchers have two types of records to pull information from: personnel records and operational records.   Personnel files for individual soldiers- s...
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  • What's Your Story, Tom Owen?

        Another in an occasional series, focusing on the lives and work of former staff of     the National Archives and Records Administration.        &#...
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  • U.S. Army Shoulder Insignia, 1945

    From Life magazine of August 6, 1945 (pp. 40-46), a colorful spread showing all of the shoulder insignia of the Army's forces, just as they were on the cusp of victory:         &#...
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