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From: "Paul K. Graham" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Re: Lost Military Records
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 10:26:13 -0400
The Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File is a database of records not
affected by the 1973 fire. Enlistment punch cards were scanned in and
digitized in an effort to reconstruct the lost personnel records. The number
of punch cards is over 10 million, but there were approximately 1.5 million
cards that could not be scanned. Those 1.5 million are not currently in the
database. That may explain your missing people.
Also, any person who did not enlist in the Army (which includes Army Air
Corp) is not in the database, so you aren't going to find Navy, Marines,
Coast Guard, etc.
For anyone using the WWII Enlistments database, you MUST read the detailed
but sobering FAQ about missing data and database errors at the following
address (4-page PDF):
For me personally, out of a list of 12 persons of interest known to have
served in the Army during WWII, I have found 11 in the database so far.
Paul K. Graham
From: Linda Altman [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: [APG] Re: Lost Military Records
This online databse does not contain records that were lost in the 1973
fire. I have checked this database against a number of records that I know
for fact were destroyed in the fire. They do not appear in this database.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 2:29 AM
Subject: [APG] Re: Lost Military Records
> Carolyn, the following file may give you the serial number, which will
> identify other records:
> It is "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946" from
> Donn Debine, CG, CGI
> Wilmington DE
> CG and CGI are service marks of the Board for Certification of
> use under licence.
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