Alaska Military Records
This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
United States servicemen have been in Alaska since 1867. At that time Alaska was placed under the jurisdiction of the War Department. Most of the resident soldiers were from the lower forty-eight states. For information on the Sitka National Cemetery, see Cemetery Records.
The National Archives—Pacific Alaska Region has U.S. Military Post returns for Fort Davis, Dyea, Fort Egbert, Fort Gibbon, Fort Kodiak, Fort Liscum, Fort St. Michael, Sitka, Skagway, Fort Tongass, Valdez, Fort Wm. H. Seward, Fort Wrangall, Circle City, Council City, Dutch Harbor, New Archangel, Camp Rampart, St. Paul Island, and Greadwell. These records are part of M617, Alaska Post Returns (1867–1916). Post returns generally show the units that were stationed at a particular post, officers present and absent, record of events, and official communications.