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Identifying US Military Uniform

I've been trying to figure out if there's any information I could dig out of this photograph. Family lore says it's a photo of my great-great-grandfather. He's rather a man of mystery and this is one ...
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Creating Source / Citation for military document

I have a military document given to me to scan by a relative. It is the original military document. How do I go about adding a Source / Citation for such media? My tree lives on Ancestry and I have ...
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Finding names of people serving at Harlingen Air Force Base in Texas during 1950s?

I'm looking for a man, and proving that the one I've found served at Harlingen Air Force Base during the 1950s, would confirm that it's the right man of that name. Are those records available online?
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Acronyms from 1952 US Army document

Seems the US Army in the 1950's was in love with acronyms even more than the 1975-1985 Navy I was in. An excerpt from orders for my wife's late step-father: 15 Oct 1952 US Army Hospital 8079th AU ...
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What is meaning of MOS 3060 in 1950-1952 documents from US Army service?

I have 1950-1952 documents from a relative's US Army service.  What is the meaning of MOS 3060?
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What are the specific characteristics of records destroyed in the US NPRC fire of 1973?

I know the NPRC website says the percentages and year ranges of discharged military personnel records that were destroyed. Is there a way of knowing the probability of destruction by specific dates of ...
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Seeking service record of Walter Trinkl Eckstein, Luftwaffe pilot [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the service records of Walter Trinkl Eckestein, Luftwaffe pilot in WW2, father of a friend of mine. After the war he worked for BMW, Motorcycle Division, and in/about 1951, he moved ...
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Clarification of Dates listed in the Verlustlisten - WWI German Casualties Lists 1918

I've encountered conflicting explanations of the dates listed in the German WWI Casuality lists - Verlustlisten. My information is from Vol. 1918_XVI, List #2145, List Date: 9 Oct 1918. The soldier I'...
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Finding Combat Records of Ancestor's Unit from World War 2

I started doing research on the service history for my grandmother's brother who died in Europe during the second World War. I have his serial number and his unit (K Company, 110th Infantry Regiment, ...
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Finding WWI service records and dates for Friedrich Martin Ziegler born 1884 in Eich [duplicate]

I would like the service records in the German Army during WWI for my grandfather, Friedrich Martin Ziegler, born June 17, 1884 in Eich, Germany.
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Finding grandfather’s German WW1 service records [duplicate]

I am interested in my grandfather’s German WW1 service records His name was Hubert Severin and he was born in Busbach which is part of Stolberg Germany. My understanding is he was a mechanic for ...
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Letter to my father from German in field hospital in Schwedzinger near Rhein 1945

At the end of the ww2 my father an American Medic was shot and captured and taken to the field hospital in Schwedzinger near Rhein Germany. He had been on patrol with 270 men and they were all killed ...
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Where to find Military Records in Latvian Army 1918-1920 Latvian War of Independence

Looking to find my Grandfathers military records. He served in the Latvian Army during 1918-1920 in the Latvian War of Independence. He was born in Walk and was in school in Dorpat(Tartu). He left ...
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Finding a full roster and history for the US Army's Philippine-American war veterans?

Where can I find a full roster and history for the US Army's 38th Volunteer Infantry, Company L, Philippine-American war veterans? The article Philippine–American War on Geni explains why researching ...
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Finding unit of WWII soldier that fought in Italy

Where do I look to find out what unit my uncle was assigned to and where his unit fought in WWII. I do know he was in Italy at one point I have his serial number: 39614088 He enlisted (was drafted) ...
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How would you search for an obituary for someone with a common name?

My dearest friend died recently in March 2021, but he has a common 1st, middle, and last name. All three could be considered as basic first names. I have made endless and extensive searches, and ...
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What does GO#4HQ mean on the DD214 Service Record?

On my fathers DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, in the section Decorations and citations, it lists Purple Heart with 3 oak clusters GO#4HQ. What does that mean?
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Where was Robert Brown at the time of this 1911 Military Census?

Here is a record on Ancestry from a 1911 military census enumeration. Sharing link from Ancestry to the image. Original link to the record page (may need subscription or 'registered user' account to ...
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Finding details when German killed in action during World War 2 [duplicate]

Thaddeous Zak(Zack) 10. Komp fliger Aushbiloting(?) Regiment 72 Feld post Number 47671 10 Komp Jager Regiment 22 (Luftwaffe) '' OPERATION WALDTEUFEL''. From the 6th to 23rd March 1945, the 11th ...
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Finding WW2 records of a Luftwaffe pilot named Adolf Schwartz [duplicate]

I’m trying to find records on my grandfather, his name was Adolf Schwartz and he was a Luftwaffe pilot in world war 2. I only have a picture of him. Does anyone know where I could find his records? He ...
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Finding German soldier records/lists [closed]

I'm trying to find out if any of my German ancestors, served in the German military. Is there any online site that holds listings of the names of soldiers and the year(s) of service?
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Identifying when and where photo of man wearing German Waffenrock uniform might have been taken?

I recently was given this photo by a cousin who was wondering if I knew who this person was. I figured the first thing I need to figure out is about when and where this photo was taken. From the ...
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Information and photos of WW2 RAF aircraft and crew?

I'm currently researching my uncle's WW2 RAF service and I'm looking for any additional information regarding his Wellington bomber being shot down. The incident happened on June 9 1941. His plane was ...
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What qualifies as next-of-kin for a US SF-180, Request Pertaining to Military Records?

The SF 180 seems to conflict itself on what qualifies as next-of-kin. The instructions, lacking "grandchild", state this: However, the fillable form has a drop-down field for next-of-kin, ...
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Finding alternatives to World War 2 U.S. Army records burnt in1973

My grandfather JOHN ARAQUE enlisted in San Francisco (California) in Dec 1942. All i can find is his rank at enlistment (Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Private) but nothing about what he ...
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Reading US Marine Muster roll

number 438 Donald R. Petit, joined the US Marines on the 14th December, 1942. He was my father. He was a journalist and founder of the "boot" marine newspaper/magazine. What does the rest of the ...
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Learning about father's WWII US Army military experience [duplicate]

I know he started as a bugler, he was in transportation and served in Italy and maybe ended the war in Germany. He was discharged as a second lieutenant. He also spent at least 20 years in the Army ...
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Military Records of Rudi Traute German Army Eastern Front WWII

I am looking for any information on Rudi Traute. He was killed on the Eastern Front 16 April 1945. I have attached a map showing were he was and what happened to him during WWII.
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Looking for Italian military record of ancestor

I am looking for some help to attain a military record for Luigi Gascone. I believe he was with the Alpini 1st mountain artillery battery 1st Regiment Turin “Susa” Service anything from 1906-1935 as ...
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USMC WW1 Muster Roll abbreviated term S.O.S

Reviewing my Great Uncles death in WW1, I see the term "24 trans to S.O.S" in his Company Muster Roll. He served in the 6th Marine Regiment attached to the US Army 2nd Infantry Division, Third ...
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Looking for anyone with Chevtaikin Surname

My father was born 1923 in Penza region of Russia. His grandfather was Andreas, his father was Demetri and mother Tatania. His 3 brothers went to war (WWII) and his family home was taken over and papa ...
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Finding information on relative who joined Italian army in Somalia around 1935

My grand uncle joined Italian arms around 1935 in small town located in north east Somalia. We do not know whether he died during World War 2 or whether he survived. Can you guide me to any archive ...
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Why was Harry Mendelsohn's 1915 death while fighting in Canadian Expeditionary Forces falsely reported?

Harry Mendelsohn in this July 13, 1915 newspaper article was not killed fighting in WWI. He was part of the CEF, but he hadn't yet left for France. No correction was printed in that paper or any of ...
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What does it mean to be a part of XYZ Battalion in World War 1?

I found my great-grandfather's obituary and it says that he was a WW1 veteran and that he was a part of the 25th and 46th Battalion. What does this mean?
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What was the process for joining the military in Canada for WW2 and what are the different associated records?

If someone in Canada wanted to join in on World War 2 what was the process, requirements, and associated records for each step? For example, did they have to do informal training first or do an oath ...
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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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Obtaining Brazilian military service records?

Is it possible to obtain records of Brazilian military service from individuals who may have served in the early/mid 20th century? I have not seen any such records on familysearch.org or ancestry.com. ...
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Finding World War 1 military record for Hauptmann Karl Stephan [duplicate]

Although my question doesn't concern my own genealogy I hope I can get some help or advice at this site. I do a lot of research in Dutch archives especially on interned German soldiers and deserters ...
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What might someone being a "real Object of Charity" in 1753 London indicate about their circumstances?

Today I received a scan of the admission papers of John Smyth (who I believe to be my 4th great grandfather) into Greenwich Hospital School. The first page reads (with handwritten parts italicized): ...
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Seeking World War 1 military record Antonio Alphonso Ferrari of Italy [duplicate]

I am seeking any records of my grandfather who fought on the italian side in World War 1. His name was Antonio Alphonso Ferrari. His fathers name was Felice ferrari and his mothers name was Dorothea ...
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Italian Navy National Service

Would like to know where my father Mario Siega served as I am trying to make a family tree and have had a problem finding any information about him. He was born in Trieste Italy in January 1914
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Tracing German WW2 soldier's name with number 7001519

My great grandfather from South Africa took a knife and fork set from a German soldier during World War II in Italy. On the back of the knife with the swastika symbol there is a number ...7001519 ...
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Where can I find the records of WW1 deserters?

I heard rumours that my grandfather William Balshaw deserted in WW1 and ended up in Cape Town, South Africa in 1917 where he took the name of Selby. Where can I find the records of WW1 deserters?
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Finding original name of British army deserter known as John Cusey?

My ancestor, John Cusey, deserted from the British army during the American Revolution and joined the colonists, even being wounded in battle. My problem is that we believe, when he deserted, to avoid ...
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War record book of German soldier [duplicate]

I have a war record book belonging to a German man from WW1. I would like to contact his family if possible to return it. What is the best way to go about this?
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Finding war record of Karl Weber who was German WW2 POW based in England? [duplicate]

I'm looking for information on a German POW based taken to a camp in England during WW2. His name was Karl Weber I believe at some point he was based in Nuneaton. He could speak English and was the '...
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What does "bur nav" mean in an active Navy directory?

Nicholas B Van Bergen is listed as "bur nav" on page 104 of the January 1938 Registers of the Commissioned, Warrant, and Volunteer Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States: What ...
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What might letters L.H.M. after name at Chelsea Hospital (London) burial mean?

In Ancestry.com's England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 there is an image from Piece 4330: Chelsea Hospital (Church of England non-parochial), 1691-1765 which ...
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Verify facts about military service and use of alias

On the website https://london-medals.co.uk/ it mentions: William Henry Baker And states he was using an alias and his original name was Albert Budd. To quote the site: William Henry Baker, he served ...
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Camp Des Chaumes, France WWII

My father was assigned to Camp Des Chaumes during WWII. I have a painting of the camp made by a prisoner, Johann Thomsen, dated 1946. I am trying to find out any information about the camp and about ...
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