Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army

Finding Your Father s War A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U S Army Leading military historian and researcher Jonathan Gawne explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives libraries veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to t

  • Title: Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army
  • Author: Jonathan Gawne
  • ISBN: 9781932033144
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne, explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual The author describes this as What I did, and what you can do to find out what he did in the army The book gives an overviewLeading military historian and researcher, Jonathan Gawne, explains and shares the techniques he uses to research archives, libraries, veteran associations and myriad other sources of information to track down the wartime career of an individual The author describes this as What I did, and what you can do to find out what he did in the army The book gives an overview of the Army in World War II, from the basics up Learn the difference between a corporal and a major, or a squad and a brigade What can you tell from a serial number What is the difference between the quartermaster corps and the transportation corps What was the path most soldiers took from civilian life to trained soldier What and where is the ETO, PTO and ATO All the basic facts you need to understand Army service in WW2 He goes on to explain how to find information from such sources as discharges, uniforms, paperwork, the National Personnel records center, National Archives, other facilities and what you can expect from veterans organizations and how to find them Places to look for information and what you can or cannot get from them Finally the book helps you to assemble the data you have collected and piece the story of your relatives wartime service together It also gives advice on preserving the memories oral histories, photos, artifacts, documents, etc Detailed appendices give information on such things as insignia of ranks and branches, listing of common MOS s, a breakdown of each division by sub unit, with a brief history and a listing of their campaigns, a capsule history of each campaign and a bibliography of useful books on various campaigns and units Color illustrations of campaign ribbons, decorations and insignia accompany the detailed text This book addresses an increasing need to record and understand the lives of the greatest generation and their service to the country.

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    1. Jonathan Gawne

      I was born.I lived a while and wrote some books which some people liked, and some people didn t.One day I will die, and then possibly I will become famous.

    886 thoughts on “Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army”

    1. I’ve come across more and more younger people recently who are genuinely curious about their father or grandfather’s service in the Second World War. This phenomenon seems to be triggered by the passing of these veterans and the typical display of a wartime portrait photo at a funeral or wake. Dying at a rate of over 1,000 per day, the list of survivors grows thin and the interest in their service heightens.Finding Your Father’s War is an excellent resource for understanding the organizati [...]


    2. This was the best book I have ever come across for researching WWII veterans. It breaks down the army to it's core. You can learn how to find earth shattering information from that one little photograph you found with grandpa's things. There is information about records, serial numbers, uniforms, medals and awards, unit histories and commands. I think this is a great source for the family historian trying to piece together a life. Sometimes WWII is more difficult to research as most service reco [...]


    3. The title is misleading as it only refers to World War II units of the US Army, ignoring the US Navy and Marine Corps. There is some brief descriptions of Army units and awards. The work also discusses some research sources for unit and individual service records. It is a fair starting point on army personnel research. Just don't expect to much.


    4. This is not only great for researching records, but it makes a very handy reference for just basic information about the average WWII soldier. No matter how many years of study you put into this subject, it is easy to forget what certain acronyms mean, or where a particular unit was stationed. This book is packed with information and well worth keeping on your shelf.




    5. This was written clearly and had some good information in it. It gave me a much better idea of what was going on during WWII and helped me understand the information that I had already gathered.



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