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Dear Ms. Gee,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Service records of individual members of the U.S. military are known as Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs), and, in general, they are in the custody of the National Archives’ National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Although individuals can request copies of OMPFs, it seems unlikely that they would have been distributed in the manner depicted in the photograph you shared. You can learn more About Military Service Records and Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs, DD Form 214) on NARA’s website.
We located a similar photograph of the Haverhill War Records Committee on the website for the Special Collections – Haverhill Public Library. Many of the individuals’ names are the same in both images; therefore, it seems possible that the two photographs are related. In 1946, the Haverhill War Records Committee published Haverhill in World War II: An Attempt to Record the Story of One American City, the Valor and the Sacrifice of Its Sons and Daughters in the Armed Forces, and the Labor and the Sacrifice of Its People at Home in the Protection of Their Own Liberties and the Liberties of All Good Men Everywhere. According to this full text version of the publication, 6,700 copies were produced, and “[t]he City of Haverhill present[ed] a copy of this book to each veteran whose name is contained in the Honor Roll and to the next of kin of those who gave their lives in this war.” It may be copies of this publication that are being distributed in the photograph you are researching.
Since the photographer for the photograph you inquired about is listed as the Haverhill Gazette, we suggest that you contact them directly for more assistance. You also may learn more about the Haverhill Evening Gazette. (Haverhill, Mass.) 188?-1947 on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research.
Yes, The Gazette is on microfilm in our library, but didn't have the name of the book. You answered my question about what the book is though, thank you for the excellent information!
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I am the photo cataloger at Haverhill Public Library, the website you mentioned.