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WWII Servicemen Database

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About the Index

The World War II Servicemen is an online database, based on a cardfile index created by Indiana Division librarians during World War II. From 1942 through early 1946, the librarians indexed the three major Indianapolis daily newspapers (News, Star, and Times) for notices of casualties, missing military personnel, prisoners, and decorations of Indiana servicemen and women. There are also notices of civilians taken prisoner overseas during the war. You may search by name (first and/or last, in any order) as well as by town or city.

While the librarians indexed only the Indianapolis newspapers, they included notices for people throughout the state. Fields in the database include name, date and location of the article, what happened to the person, his or her branch of military service, and hometown. Not all of this information was included on every card. Many cards list multiple names in these cases there may only be a short mention of the person indexed.

You can contact the Newspaper Section of the Indiana Division or use the Ask-A-Librarian service to request copies of articles for which there is a complete citation (included the name of the person, paper, date, and page and column number). Please note in your request that you found the information through the World War II Database.

 

Are you a veteran of World War II? Do you have letters, diaries, or recorded memoirs from your years in service? If you do, please consider donating them to the Indiana State Library. Professional staff with training in the care of historic documents will make your donated materials available to the students and historians of today, and take care of them so that they are available to the scholars of the future. If you would like to discuss donating your World War II-era materials to the Indiana State Library, please contact our Manuscript Librarian at ind@statelib.lib.in.us, at 317-232-3671.