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U.S. Military Heritage

Since the beginning of the American Revolution, more than 43 million men and women have served in the U.S. military during wartime. In this some 230 years of military heritage, more than 650,000 American lives have been lost and more than 1.4 million service members wounded in battle. We remember and honor all that these heroes have sacrificed for America’s freedom.

Ancestry.com U.S. Military Collection

Discover the heroes in your family tree in the Ancestry.com U.S. Military Collection – including millions of U.S. military records, covering almost 400 years of American wars and conflicts. With more than 100 million names and 700 titles and databases of military records from all 50 U.S. states, there are countless opportunities to learn the stories of courage and sacrifice in your family tree.

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This collection of more than 33 million records gives facts about WWII enlisted personnel, like occupational specialty and service number.

Similar to yearbooks for naval ships, these records include photographs, officer biographies and more.

Search almost 6 million draft cards of men who registered for the fourth WWII draft in 1942.

Draft registration cards for more than 24 million men who registered for the WWI draft in 1917 and 1918.

Collection of more than 8 million names of U.S. Army enlistees during WWII.

This collection contains an index to more than 2 million compiled service records for soldiers who served with units in the Confederate army during the Civil War.

This collection contains an index to more than 2 million compiled service records for soldiers who served with units in the Union army during the Civil War.

Collection of military service records, containing more than 6 million names of servicemen — Union and Confederate — who fought in the U.S. Civil War.

Registers of enlistments in the U.S. Regular Army compiled from a variety of other records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls and unit records.

An index of U.S. Marine Corps muster rolls containing name, rank, enlistment date, muster date and station.

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