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How to Get WWII Military Records

Learn how to get a WWII vet's military records if you're next-of-kin to a deceased WWII vet, a member of the general public, or a vet seeking access to your own records.

You will need

  • Internet access
  • Available military records
  • Computer printer
  • Death certificate of veteran
  • Hired researcher
  • Perseverance

Step 1 Search for any available military records Search for any available military records online. Having information, such as the vet’s service number, can help cut through government red tape.

Step 2 Go to the National Archives website Go to the National Archives’ Access to Archival Databases (AAD) online database. Do a fielded search of Army enlistment records.

Step 3 Use the eVetRecs online database Use the eVetRecs online database to directly request copies of a vet’s military records. Only vets and deceased vets’ next-of-kin are allowed access.

Step 4 Print out the signature verification form Print out the signature verification form from eVetRecs. Mail or fax the signed form. For next-of-kin, include proof of death of the veteran.

Step 5 Go to the NPRC website site Go to the National Personnel Records Center website if you’re not a WWII vet or next-of-kin of a deceased vet. Print, fill out, and mail Standard Form 180.

Step 6 Hire a researcher for complicated searches Hire a researcher for more complicated searches. A good starting point is the list of researchers for hire on the National Archives website.

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