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National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; ARC: 1263923. World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park. College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.

About U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. While this database contains information on the majority of the men and women who served in the Army during this war, it is not complete and does not represent the entirety of the U.S. Army servicemen. Information found in this database comes from the WD AGO Form 317 (used from 1941-45), WD AGO Form 372 (used from 1945-46), and Enlisted Reserve Corps Statistical cards.

Information included in this database about includes:

  • Name of enlistee
  • Army serial number
  • Residence (county and state)
  • Place of enlistment
  • Enlistment date
  • Grade
  • Army branch
  • Component
  • Term of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Year of birth
  • Race and citizenship
  • Height and weight*
  • Education
  • Marital status
  • Box and reel number of the microfilmed records

Please note that not all of this information may be available for each individual.

*Some enlistment cards included fields for height and weight. However, sometimes these fields were used to indicate Military Occupational Specialty or other items, instead of the person's actual height and weight. Regardless of its intended purpose, the data that was entered into these fields on the cards is displayed in the height and weight fields in this database. This is because it is unknown in which cases the data was actually meant as height and weight and in which cases it was not. It is up to the researcher to determine this.

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