Dear Ms. Moyes,
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We searched online and located The Personnel of the Army of the United States: Information Regarding the Appointment, Enlistment, and Induction of Commissioned Officers, Army Nurses, Warrant Officers, Cadets, Officer Candidates and Enlisted Men, March 26, 1942 that provides some information about the various ways that a person could enter the military and the procedures used. The main induction/recruiting station for New York City was at 39 Whitehall St. in Manhattan, and there was an Army recruiting substation in Brooklyn at 536 Post Office Building (see page 23). After the initial induction, the next step for new recruits was to be sent to a reception center. The nearest one to Brooklyn was Camp Upton. Where they went afterward for basic and technical training depended on the assignments they received at the reception center.
We searched the National Archives Catalog for 1940s records pertaining to “induction center,”, “reception center,” and “Camp Upton” with a number of results. Please note that not all these results will be responsive to your inquiry, as the term “reception center” was also used for other purposes, and Camp Upton had additional uses. For more information about specific records, please email the reference unit listed in the Catalog description.
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We also located these sources online that may be of interest.
- WWII INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. ARMY 1944 INDUCTION OF SOLDIERS FILM Part 1 (YouTube)
- WWII INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. ARMY 1944 INDUCTION OF SOLDIERS FILM Part 2 (YouTube)
- The history of military entrance processing (United States Military Entrance Processing Command)
- New York, NY Military Entrance Processing Station (United States Military Entrance Processing Command)
- The Procurement and Training of Ground Combat Troops (Center of Military History)
- The New York Times Complete World War II: The Coverage of the Entire Conflict
- CAMP UPTON TO EXPAND; Reception Center Facilities to Be Increased by 50 Per Cent (New York Times)
- Military Installations (World War II Lecture Institute): This is missing at least a few installations, but does covers many of the major camps and forts
- Camp Upton (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
- The History of Camp Upton, World War I through World War II (Amazon)
- Essential It's a Wonderful Life: A Scene-By-Scene Guide to the Classic Film (Google Books)
- Reference to Camp Upton in “Verbal Behavior” (Google Books)
- CAMP UPTON: U. S. ARMY RECEPTION CENTER (Long Island During World War II)
- The Armorer: My Experiences as a Martin B-26 Marauder Ground Crewman In World War 2 (Google Books)
- Camp Upton Photograph Collection (Patchogue-Medford Library)
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you so much! This is fantastic! I can't wait to look through this.
Thanks for asking the exact question I need answered! I am writing the story of my father’s ww2 experiences, which begins with his trip to the recruiting office on Dec 8, 1941. He lived in Brooklyn and said he went to the recruiting office in Brighton Beach. But I just don’t know exactly where in Brighton Beach. I can’t make head or tails of the “536 post office building” in the manual provided in the answer above.
My father did then go to Camp Upton, for which I have a good amount of info. Would you be interested in comparing notes and resources? I would love to and I think we might be able to help each other.
You can answer me here