World War II Enlistment Records

This comprehensive military history collection includes more than 8.7 million records of men and women who enlisted to serve in the United States Army during World War II. These transcriptions include enlistments from 1938 to 1946. The original punch cards enlistees completed when they joined the army were destroyed after being microfilmed in 1947. This collection contains a listing that is still useful for genealogists to find ancestors who enrolled.

Individual entries may include:
• Army serial number
• First name
• Last name
• State and county of residence
• Place of enlistment
• Date of enlistment (day, month, year)
• Grade
• Branch
• Term of enlistment
• Source
• Nativity
• Year of birth
• Race
• Education
• Civilian occupation
• Marital status
• Army component


The information in this database was provided by the National Archives and Records Administration and was compiled from the World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File. Nearly nine million men and women are included in the database, which is comprised of materials from the War Department Adjutant General’s Office. Due to record losses, the database is not a complete listing of all individuals who enlisted during World War II, but is the most complete database available. Original records from this collection can be found as part of the National Archives and Records Administration Series Record Group 64.