Do you have ancestors from the state of Louisiana who registered for the draft? Explore this collection of draft cards. Learn important facts about their lives, like their birth date and the city in which they lived.
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Discover your ancestors in these draft cards from the state of Louisiana, on the Gulf coast of the United States.
The Louisiana Draft Cards has over 600,000 records from 1940 to 1959. Explore these records to learn essential details about your male family members in the state of Louisiana. The information they provided is essential for identifying your ancestors in our other collections and continuing your family history research.
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939, the United States Congress passed the Selective Service Act of 1940 and began the first peacetime draft in the history of the country, in anticipation for joining the war. While the military draft, or Selective Service System, was a national obligation, this registration was carried out by draft boards on a local level throughout the duration of the war. Even after World War II ended in 1945, the draft was revived again by the Selective Service Act of 1948 and various other laws that kept military conscription active in peacetime, although fewer people were called up for service.
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