Fold3: Original military records online

Fold3 Blog

The official blog of Fold3

New States Added to WWII Draft Registration Cards!

| 17 Comments

Example WWII Draft Registration Card
Fold3 has added new U.S. states to its collection of WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection (via the National Archives) now also includes Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, and Virginia. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military.

There were seven draft registration periods in the United States for World War II service. The first draft registration was held on October 16, 1940—before the United States had entered the war. Men ages 21–36 were required to register at their local draft board. The second draft registration was also held prior to the American entrance into the war, on July 1, 1941. This registration was for men who had turned 21 since the previous registration date nine months earlier.

The third (February 16, 1942) and fifth (June 30, 1942) registration periods expanded the ages required to register; the age ranges for the third were extended to 20–21 and 35–44, while the fifth extended them to ages 18–20. The sixth registration (December 10–31, 1942) was for men who had turned 18 since the fifth registration six months prior. There was also a seventh registration, known as the “Extra Registration,” from November 16 to December 31, 1943, which was for American men ages 18–44 who were living abroad.

The cards from the fourth registration (April 27, 1942; for men ages 45–64) are not included in the WWII Draft Registration Cards but in Fold3’s WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards collection.

Information on the WWII Draft Registration Cards may include the man’s name, address, telephone number, age, place of birth, country of citizenship, name and address of the person who will always know the registrant’s address, employer’s name, place of employment, and a description of the registrant.

Get started searching or browsing the WWII Draft Registration Cards on Fold3!

17 Comments

  1. I found the registration card for a cousin of mine whose father was in the Army. The registration card shows that he probably registered for the draft about 1939 or 40. The block that says “Citizenship” shows he was in prison for a felony. He was in the Army until the end of the war. Did men who were in prison for something less than life or a lot of years, have to register for the draft? He was from Hampton, VA and I’d wondering where I could find his prison record. He was killed not long after the war was over and his children neve knew him.

    • I am not sure about draft registration, but it was once fairly common for a judge to offer a first or second timer non-violent offender the option of jail time or joining the military (“They’ll make a man out of you.”)
      Of course, at that time, the military was also able to assert much tighter discipline than they can today That is not always bad, since on today’s battlefield, most combat is by very small elements relying more on the self-discipline of individuals than micromanaging by senior NCOs, but it is also why the military has discouraged the jail or military option these days.

    • Jim:

      Thanks so much for your reply. I know what you said is true but didn’t even think of that although I was in the military 1951 to 1955 and later in the CG Reserves. My husband was a CG officer also but I guess as I get older things just don’t come to mind like they did. Your info. may very well be what happened and I thank you for it.

      Louise

    • I realize that Perkins is not an uncommon name, but Frances Perkins and her husband Frances Perkins were my ancestors from Henrico, Va. if they are also your ancestors, would you please respond to this message to mha123@triad.rr.com.

    • Have you found him in the 1940 census? If he still was in prison in 1940, there is written the name and place of the prison. You should look at the newspapers of the place where he lived, maybe they have written something about his court case. By the way newspapers of that time often mentionned where a soldier was in military service.

  2. It is my understanding that all of these cards are now at the National Archives in St. Louis. The cards for the various registrations have now been combined together for each state and the cards are in alphabetical order. Unfortunately you are not permitted to see the original card. You request the card and they make a copy for you to review. The cards that were used in the first registration in October 1940 have a field that specifies the individual’s relationship to the person who knows where you can be found. This field was deleted in later versions of the card. I tried to find the card for every male in my family tree. Got the full name, location in 1940, date and place of birth, employment, description and signature.

    • Thanks, I think there should be information somewhere about his prison time, but have just started to look. I’ve found info. on Fold 3 about a lot of the military in my family tree but need to find the criminal record. Should be interesting searching.

      Thanks for the reply.

      Louise

  3. My father: Thomas Virgil Day entered WW11 between, Dec 1942 and Aug 1943. He was stationed in, Fort Clark, Texas. I have never been able to find any thing in the records about my father. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Daughter, Bobbie

  4. Have you checked Fold 3? Also, you should be able to write for your father’s military record, I belive.

    Louise

  5. Dies anyone know, are there WWII Draft Registration EXEMPTION records for people who did not have to serve because they already did during WWI?

    Also, what was the enforcement policy? How did the draft board know if someone just didn’t register for the draft?

    • Usually they were deferred because of their age unless they had specific abilities, engineering, flight, medical etc. We had some in our family due to that. Most of them served when called.

  6. Yes, it’s easy to want to send “the bad guys” even “street fools” into battles. But the idiots goof up operations because some keep grudges.

    Believe me, if it were not for making them smarter to build weapons from say learning cnc, or bombs, etc, I would love to get the fanatics to go ape on each other. But alas, we have a “heart.” It’s not a business, some answer the call for patriotism, some do not for any reason. What is it to sacrifice one’s lifestyle in the name of a true American spirit?

    My father was drafted, served both in Europe and Korea. He came back with a wide stitched cross on his chest from an operation to save his life from scrapnel. It was not as easy as a valentine box of candy, he really earned it.

    If only the prisoners would be like the movies… Life Changing episodes with terrible missions, emerging like a Hero who served to protect US. Yes, those draft numbers are like a badge of honor.

    • Came back with a wide WHAT? You just said “came back with a wide stitched across his chest…… Tell us what he had on his chest. Oh and Thank you and your family for his service, sacrifice and valor. RIP Daddy Semper fi, Korea, plus all our other over 1,000 Vets since Amer. Rev. War.

    • Barbara Turner:
      The post said he had a wide stitiched CROSS on his chest–a scar in the shape of a cross, I assume.

  7. HELLO! I AM LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO KNEW MY FATHER

  8. My dad was what they called 4f ,he did not serve because he said he had to many kids ,could this be true ?

  9. As a long-time subscriber to Ancestry I am dismayed that I now must pay to use the military data bases. I deplore this grubbing for money. I pay once for the privilege of using the these Ancestry data bases which were once free. Now I must pay again for the use of the FOLD data bases.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.