1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 18, 2020 3:54 PM by Jo Heinzman

    Seeking father's WWII draft notice

    Jo Heinzman Newbie

      Hi, all! Is there source online where I could find my father's WWII draft notice? I don't want the draft registration form, but the actual notice he would have received in the mail, telling him to report. Thanks!

        • Re: Seeking father's WWII draft notice
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Heinzman,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Letters of induction were not kept as part of the Selective Service record. Therefore, if the original letter was lost or destroyed, it cannot be replaced.


          Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and were born before 1960 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757. There are two types of records: cards and classification histories.  The individual Draft Registration Card (SSS Form 1) may contain information such as: name, Selective Service registration number, age, date and place of birth, ethnicity, place of residence at time of registration and basic physical description. The Classification History (SSS Form 102) may contain: name; date of birth; classification and date of mailing notice; date of appeal to the board; date and results of armed forces physical examination; entry into active duty or civilian work in lieu of induction (may include date, branch of service entered and mode of entry, such as enlisted or ordered); date of separation from active duty or civilian work; and general remarks. Please complete a Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records.


          For men who registered for the draft prior to 1976, all other individual draftee files besides the cards and classification histories were destroyed by the Selective Service System in 1978, in accordance with approved records retention schedules. Physical examination and test results, medical letters, laboratory work, and other medical documentation that may have been included in these files no longer exist.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          The National Museum of American History has posted a scan of an induction order on their website that may be of interest if you wish to see an example of what the notices looked like. However, they do not have an extensive collection of them.


          We hope this information is helpful.


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