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Washington, 
United States
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Location of Washington
Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1880-1937
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What Is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

These are records of individuals who served in the Army National Guard. They were acquired from the Washington State Archives in Olympia, Washington. The records are arranged in alphabetical order and are generally typed on pre-printed forms. The enlistments took place between the years 1937 and 1952. However, they include individuals born as early as 1880.

The following types of records are included:

  • Enlistment
  • Service and discharge
  • Service and qualification


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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Washington, Army National Guard Records, 1880-1937.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The records contain the following details:

  • Name
  • Birth date and place
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Citizenship
  • Physical description
  • Education
  • Medical information
  • Enlistment date and place
  • Discharge date, place, and reason
  • Military rank or grade
  • Name, relationship, and address of person to notify in case of emergency

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

The National Guard, the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions. The National Guard traces its history back to the earliest English colonies in North America. Responsible for their own defense, the colonists drew on English military tradition and organized their able-bodied male citizens into militias.

In 1903, important national defense legislation increased the role of the National Guard (as the militia was now called) as a Reserve force for the U.S. Army.

The records are designed to track and preserve the service of the individual guardsmen and to determine eligibility for post-service benefits. These records are very reliable.


How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Washington State Archives (space) Custodian Name.

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I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.


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