Finding Combat Records of Ancestor’s Unit from World War 2

How can I find out where my father fought in WWII?

If a family member served in World War II, the next step in your research is the National Personnel Records Center and Military Personnel Records in St. Louis, Missouri.
Official Military Personnel Files

  1. Visit the archive at 1 Archive Drive, St. …
  2. Employ an independent researcher.
  3. Submit a written request for the records.

How do I find out what unit My grandfather served in ww2?

The service branch that your grandfather served in during WWII will determine where you may locate the specific unit records. We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

How do I find World War 2 service records UK?

Other ways to find service records

  1. the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
  2. the Armed Forces Memorial roll of honour.
  3. the National Archives.

Can you look up someone’s combat record?

To find someone else’s records, you must use a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The FOIA website of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, www.rcfp.org/foi.html , has detailed information. When you file your FOIA request, ask for all “publicly releasable” information on the veteran in question.

Can you look up military records for free?

Generally there is no charge for basic military personnel and medical record information provided to veterans, next of kin and authorized representatives from Federal (non-archival) records. Some companies advertise DD Form 214 research services and will charge a fee for obtaining copies.

How do I find out what medals my father was awarded?

The general public may also purchase a copy of the veteran’s OMPF to determine the awards due and obtain the medals from a commercial source. Individuals can request information on military service medals, decorations and awards online: https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center/awards-and-decorations.

How do I find someone who served in ww2?

Contact organizations like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, or American Ex-Prisoners of War to ask for a vetera’s application, or to find people who might have known your veteran. VFW applications include a copy of the discharge papers form DD-214.

Can I view my DD-214 online?

Most veterans and their next of kin can obtain FREE copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) via online access. To use the system, you must be a military veteran, next of kin of a deceased member of the military, or former member of the military.

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