Military Service and Conflict records are very useful resources that give a unique viewpoint of an ancestor's involvement in struggles that often impacted millions of people across the world.
Military Service and Conflict records are usually very accurate and reliable, allowing you to collect the important facts needed for a family tree, as well as an extra source to help avoid “brick walls” down the road with inaccurate spelling or birth dates. Military records on findmypast are great sources to begin your family history research, providing data like birthplaces, birth dates, and home addresses.
Military service records may include interesting details like religion, home city and marital status.
Millions of men participated in the First World War, including nearly 5 million Americans and 9 million British soldiers. Uncover your family’s World War I story in unique collections that include draft registration cards, service records, and rolls of honor.
With WWI draft registration cards, you can find occupations, origin cities and nearest relatives you may never have known existed. Each draft registration card is also individually signed, offering a rare glimpse at an ancestors’ handwriting.
The Korean War commenced in 1950 with North Korean leader Kim Il Sung invaded South Korea in an attempt to unify the country under Communist rule.
The US came to the aid of South Korea, and laid its sights ultimately on China by deploying roughly 5.7 million soldiers that fought in the war. Peace talks began in 1951 between the UN and North Korea following massive civilian and soldier casualties.
On July 27, 1953 the UN signed an armistice agreement, which is a cease-fire, with North Korea and China. South Korea refused to sign, so technically North and South Korea are still at war to this day.
Korean War Casualty Records
Finmypast offers Korean War Casualty Records detailing service men that died overseas, about those who were missing in action or became prisoners of war.
Korean Military casualty records may include additional information:
Korean War POWs
The Korean POW records contain 4,713 names of service people who were held as prisoners of war during the Korean War and were considered to be casualties of war.
The Korean POWs (Repatriated) contains 4,446 names of service people in the Korean War who were considered to be prisoners of war, and therefore casualties of war. This record collection, however, contains names of soldiers that survived the turmoil of war and returned home to the US.
The Second Indochina War, better known as the Vietnam War, grew out of the long awaited end of France's colonial rule over Vietnam and following the separation of North and South Vietnam. Started during the Eisenhower administration and passed to the next two administrations, the costly Vietnam War endured from 1954-75.
Close to one million Americans reportedly served on active duty in the US Armed Forces during the US involvement in the Vietnam War (1964-75). The Lyndon Johnson administration withstood the brunt of a disenfranchised and rebellious US public that protested against the first publicly televised war.
Despite the Nixon administration's strategy to intensify air strikes in 1973, warfare came to a close almost two years later.
Vietnam War Deaths and Casualties
The Vietnam War Deaths index on findmypast compiled more than 52,000 transcripts of soldiers that died in service to their country. The accompanying Vietnam War Casualties record set contains 58,192 additional names of service people who lost their lives while serving overseas.
Vietnam War Casualties Returned Alive is a special collection of military records detailing service people thought to have died overseas, and yet returned home to the US. This relatively small collection contains 771 names.
The military service records relate to US prisoners of war from World War II, covering the period from about 1941 to about 1945. This military record collection includes names of 143,374 repatriated individuals captured during World War II.
Details for each WWII POW entry may include:
This database includes more 8.7 million records of men and women who enlisted to serve in the United States Army during World War II. These records include enlistments from 1938 to 1946.
Individual entries may include:
This military series contains information about US Army personnel and their dependents who died or were injured worldwide, including missing in action and prisoners of war. Approximately 85 percent of the records are related to the Vietnam War, dating from 1961-75.
This is a listing of US casualties reported from January 1, 1961 to December 2008 as reported by the Adjutant General’s Office, Department of the Army. This series contains 293,858 military records, some of which are duplicate records and 223,848 of the records are for nonfatal casualties.
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The file includes records for active duty enlisted personnel; general officers on active duty, retired, or otherwise separated from the service; some National Guard and Army Reservists; and some civilian employees and dependents if overseas and the casualty required a notification to someone.