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Doing Your Own Research

There are hundreds of locations to conduct your own research, depending on what you are looking for. There are various types of information to look for, including:

Personnel Records
Unit Histories, Unit Journals
After Action Reports
Historical Reports
General Orders

The Modern Military Records Unit (NWCTM) has custody of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - (Record Group 407) and Records of U.S. Army Commands, 1942 - (Record Group 338). Military unit files among these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders. Because the files are arranged hierarchically, identification of the specific unit (i.e., division, regiment, and battalion) is necessary before a search can be conducted. The Modern Military Records Unit is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, near the University of Maryland-College Park campus. Research room hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, except legal holidays.

Unit Rosters are in the custody of the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. You may contact them, but for most of the war, these files are no longer extant. Their mailing address is the Military Personnel Records, National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100.

The U.S. Army Military History Institute, 22 Ashburn Drive, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA 17013-5008, has a large collection of published unit histories. Unit histories may also be available in bookstores, in libraries, from the publishers, from the units themselves, or from various veteran's associations. They are often published in limited quantities, however, and are frequently out of print. These works may be borrowed by libraries through the interlibrary loan service. You may wish to contact your local library concerning this service.


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