1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 13, 2020 4:21 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking town/city information for WWI & WWII KIA Veterans


      Enlistment papers for World War I and II KIA Veterans. Supporting a project to create banners for KIA veterans of World War I and II. I need to identify what town or city they were from -- either Adams, North Adams, or Cheshire, Massachusetts.

        • Re: Seeking town/city information for WWI & WWII KIA Veterans
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Moyer,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Soldiers of the Great War (Washington, 1920) is a three-volume publication. Entries are arranged alphabetically by State from which the soldier served. Within each State, the entries are arranged under type of casualty: Killed in Action, Died of Disease, Died of Wounds, and Died of Accident. Under each type of casualty, the entries are arranged according to rank: commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers, miscellaneous ranks, and privates. The entries include only the names of the casualties and their hometowns. These volumes include many miniature photographs of persons named in the lists. These volumes have been filmed on a single reel of 35mm microfilm and the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) can provide a copy on CD/DVD for $125. To request a copy, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Navy and Marine Corps casualty lists for World War I are arranged alphabetically by individual surname.  A listing by state is not available.  Officers and Enlisted Men of the United States Navy Who Lost Their Lives During the World War From April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920), 812 pp., is subdivided into three parts: Officers, Regular and Reserve; Enlisted Men; and Navy Enlisted Men Not in Active Service.  Each entry includes: name and rank of deceased; date, place, and cause of death; and the name and address of next of kin.


          The Marine Corps casualty list in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) consists of mimeographed listings: names of officers and names of enlisted men.  Each part is arranged alphabetically by name of deceased. Entries include name, rank, and unit of deceased; date, place, and cause of death; and name and address, and relationship of next of kin.   These two listings are preceded by a statistical summary of the number of officers and the number of enlisted men from each State who died overseas. A portion of the page of this summary is missing: therefore, there are no figures of enlisted casualties from Alabama through Louisiana.  These two lists have been combined on as a digitized copy on a DVD/CD. RDT2 can provide a copy for $125. See above for email address.


          The principal World War II Army casualty list, World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing (Washington: War Department, 1946) is arranged alphabetically by state and thereunder by county. Each state booklet includes a foreword describing how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation by counties and by types of casualties. Each entry includes decedent’s name, serial number, rank, and type of casualty. The towns within the counties and the dates and places where the casualties occurred are not mentioned. World War II Army casualty lists are available online through the National Archives Website at https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/.


          The combined list of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard casualties in World War II, State Summary of War Casualties (Washington: Navy Department, 1946) consists of separate booklets for individual states and lists those men on active duty whose deaths were caused by enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties which occurred in the United States, or as a result of disease, homicide, or suicide anywhere are not included. Entries in the list include the name and rank of the decedent, and the name, address and relationship of his next-of-kin. World War II casualty lists are available online through the National Archives Website at https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/index.html.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!