Dear Mr. Edelkind,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
The National World War II Memorial Registry of Remembrance is an unofficial compilation of public acknowledgements honoring U.S. citizens who helped to win the Second World War. The Registry of Remembrances is an opportunity to offer a public “thank you” to family members, friends, comrades-in-arms, and anyone else whose service inspires you to submit an enrollment in their honor. We also suggest contacting the National War War II Museum regarding their options.
If you are looking to donate materials related to a veteran, the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. In addition to audio- and video-recorded oral history interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps and other historical documents from veterans who served in the US armed services from World War I through the present.
All five of the military services have or are constructing national museums. In addition to the national museums, there are many other official military museums affiliated with specific organizations within each branch of the military. Some of these museums have options to submit information for online display, such as the National Museum of the Army’s Registry of the American Soldier.
Another option for donating materials is to approach local and state level historical societies, libraries, archives and museums, both for the current residence of the veteran and (if different) where he was born or was living at the time of his induction into the armed forces. Some states and localities even have military museums dedicated to documenting the experience of veterans from their area, such as the Texas Military Forces Museum, the Military Museum of Fort Worth, the Maine Military Museum, and many others.
We hope this information is helpful!