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Tips to Discover Your WWII Veteran with Fold3® Military Records

Tips to Discover Your WWII Veteran with
Fold3® Military Records
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Fold3® Military Records may be accessed for free, here at Mannsville Free Library

  1.  Gather any records you have at home. Collect discharge records, military yearbooks, photographs, diaries, etc. Search these records for clues that may shed light on your ancestor’s service (which military branch they served in, regiment details, military service number, newspaper clippings, etc.) A devastating fire at the National Personnel Records Center in 1973 destroyed 17 million personnel files. The loss of those files presents a challenge, but we have records to help bridge the gap.
  2. Find your ancestor’s WWII Draft Registration Card. We have nearly 36 million WWII Draft cards available to search here. Among other details, these cards will tell you where the registrant lived and their birthplace.
  3. US Army Enlistment Records. If your ancestor served in the Army, you can cross-reference enlistment records with the draft card. Army Enlistment Recordsinclude the enlisted’s birth year and enlistment place. They also have another big clue – the Army Serial Number. This military service number can open new research possibilities.
  4. Military Service Number. Using Fold3® search filters, search your ancestor’s military service number like this: Search – Filter – Military – Service Number. In some military records like WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, military officials recorded a soldier’s military service number but not a name (or they may have used initials) when generating a record. Thus, a name search may not return all available results. When conducting name searches on Fold3®, use all variations of the veteran’s name. The military did not have a uniform system; one record may contain the full legal name, while another may use an initial and last name.
  5. Search Unit Histories: Each unit kept a regimental history. Some are very detailed with day-to-day movements, injuries, awards, and medals. Even if your ancestor is not mentioned by name, a unit history can help you track their service and experiences. Search our collection of Unit Histories here.
  6. Marine Corps. Explore our Marine Corps Muster Rollscollection if your ancestor served in the Marines. For those who died while serving, the Marine Corps Casualty Indexes can provide information about their military unit, cause of death, and military service number. The Marine Corps also recorded War Diaries for aviation units. These give detailed accounts of engagements.
  7. US Army Air Forces. If your ancestor served in the Army Air Forces (the US Air Force was created following WWII in 1947), we have several collections that might provide helpful information. The WWII US Air Force Photoscollection has photos from all theaters of operation. You will find personnel photos, aircrew photos, photos of bombing operations, and more. If a plane went missing, authorities filed a Missing Air Crew Report. These reports recorded who was on the aircraft and their military service number, witness statements, crash details, and more.
  8. US Navy. Even if your ancestor didn’t serve in the Navy, you might find them listed on muster rolls because they boarded troop ships to travel to and from overseas postings. If they did serve in the Navy, explore our Navy Support Bookscollection, WWII Navy Muster Rolls collection, Navy Cruise Books, and Submarine War Patrol Reports Our WWII War Diaries collection includes daily operational reports and can provide detailed accounts of engagements.
  9. Women in WWII. Women served critical roles during WWII. Explore our Women’s Army Corps(WAAC or WAC) unit history and a collection of WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files to learn more about their valuable contributions.
  10. Fold3® Memorials. Millions of families have honored the military service of their loved ones by creating Memorials for the Fold3® Honor Wall. These Memorials are a valuable collaboration tool and may include photographs, journal entries, and more. Your ancestor may not have recorded their personal experience, but maybe a soldier who fought alongside them did. If you want to create a Fold3® Memorial, click here for simple instructions.

 

 

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Hillbilly Wedding Success! April 24, 1940

Another clipping from Ms. Pike’s scrapbook — Mannsville Grange had been planning this event and it looks like they had a good turnout!

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Mannsville Grange Meeting April 15, 1940

Another clipping from  the 1939-41 scrapbook kept by former Mannsville School teacher Miss Marion Pike. Ms. Pike’s relatives donated the scrapbook to the library in December 2022. It is on display in the library and visitors are free to go though it and maybe find a little piece of their own family history.

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April 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Mason Piddock to Move

This clipping was found in a 1939-41 scrapbook kept by former Mannsville School teacher Miss Marion Pike. Ms. Pike’s relatives donated the scrapbook to the library in December 2022. It is on display in the library and visitors are free to go though it and maybe find a little piece of their own family history.

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Austen’s Market, Mannsville, around 1939

A clipping from the scrapbook kept by Mannsville High School history teacher Miss Marion Pike. Ms. Pike taught at Mannsville from 1936 until about 1944. Her scrapbook for those years was donated to Mannsville Free Library by her cousin Ms. Lydia L. Birr of Hilton, New York. Underneath this clipping Ms. Pike noted that Oren Austen,  was her student in 1937 and was a “nice kid.”

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Local History Lives Here

If you have family members who attended Mannsville School during the years 1939  to 1941 you will be especially interested in this!

Not too long ago, Mannsville Library  received a box full of local history in the mail. The history came in the form of a scrapbook kept by Mannsville School’s World War II-era history teacher and librarian, Miss Marion S. Pike. Miss Pike kept hundreds of news articles, school programs, photos, and other memorabilia all pertaining to her students, other village members, and moments in Mannsville life during the years 1939-1941.

Also included in the package was a bundle of photos of local WWII servicemembers. Unfortunately, many of the photos have no names on the back, but we feel sure they are the grand- and great-grandparents of some of today’s Mannsville area residents.

Stop in anytime to look through the scrapbook and maybe even help identify some of the photos included in it!