How to Find Army Soldiers Who Were in WW2

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There are many ways to connect with World War II Army soldiers.
There are many ways to connect with World War II Army soldiers.

World War II Army veterans are part of what is often called America's Greatest Generation. Between 1939 and 1945 they fought in the most deadly, widespread conflict in history, many of them making the ultimate sacrifice. According to the National WWII Museum, there are just under 2 million surviving American WWII veterans still with us today. There are several ways to connect with surviving Army veterans and to research Army veterans who have passed away.

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      Gather basic information such as a veteran's Social Security number, date of birth and branch of service.
      Gather basic information such as a veteran's Social Security number, date of birth and branch of service.

      Gather information. The more you know about the person whose military records you are seeking, the easier it will be to find him. Helpful information includes full name, date of birth, service number and dates of service.

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      Search the National Archives. To find a specific WWII soldier, you may request military records from the National Archives by filling out a Standard Form 180. You must submit the request in writing and mail it to the National Personnel Records Center. The address can be found on the National Archives website. If you are not the next-of-kin of the veteran whose records you are seeking, only limited information can be released to you per the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

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      Join an online service such as www.Vetfriends.com. If you are a military veteran yourself, you can use this service to search for old friends in the database of more than a million current and former military personnel. Military Network is another organization with an expansive list of organizations and military alumni with contact information.

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      Locate Army veterans through organizations such as the American Legion.
      Locate Army veterans through organizations such as the American Legion.

      Contact your local chapter of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars. Often these organizations have local meetings and activities where veterans can meet with one another. Getting in touch with the local officers may help you connect with WWII Army veterans who may be willing to share their stories.

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