Record Hunter Free WWI Resource Portal
Lest We Forget…
When reflecting upon American history, one can easily identify pivotal moments that demonstrate monumentally profound exhibitions of our national spirit and character. Among these moments are a variety of military actions. The Civil War may have been the first time we engaged in a massive establishment and use of military strategy and might, especially when considering the aggregate power of both sides. That war, as most wars do, both united and divided us politically, philosophically, and spiritually and our society was, afterwards, forever changed.
As impactful as our Civil War was, it can be said that the First World War, the Great War, had a more overwhelming and far-reaching impact upon our individual and national identities as well as our very humanity itself.
The era leading to World War came a time in history where we were advancing in technology, mass communication, and faster and more distant travel. We were also happy to be isolated. The War was the first time in our history that we mobilized a military of millions and sent them to a foreign land. We pitted our men against ceaseless barrages of shell fire, the brutality of poison gasses that harmed and killed without discrimination, and mostly-suicidal efforts to go “over the top” to repel the enemy and advance our positions. Many of our men were left with a lifetime of physical and emotional scars and disabilities.
Our federal government again increased its existing power and added new powers to exercise. We engaged in relentless propaganda and even ridiculed those who did not agree with the war. In addition to, and in support of, our military might, we launched a war effort on the home front that affected and involved every generation and gender of our citizenry. From school children and Boy Scouts disseminating war pamphlets and selling war bonds, to women assembling surgical dressings (among many other valuable contributions in the military and private workforce –after nursing) and everyone growing and conserving food and saving cooking fats to be turned into explosives.
The experiences of every American whether involved in the war effort at home, or engaged in battle overseas, forever changed us as a people.
Historica believes that studying history leads us to know who we are and from where we have come. It helps put past and current events in context. We also have a great reverence for our veterans. To these ends, we have established a World War I resource portal on our free site, Record Hunter. In addition to expanding our World War I Veteran photo archive, we have created a database that includes the military service and biographical data of the Americans who fought in the Great War. The database includes our nurses, students, and others who served in some way. It is our vision to work toward a comprehensive service database that contains a record of each of the millions of men and women that served our great nation in one of the most remarkable events of human history. We also are planning to release hundreds of books and articles pertaining to the structure and history of our military units as well as the efforts and contributions of our American communities.
We will be soon releasing the details on how you can contribute to this mighty endeavor.
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On Memorial Day, with quiet reverence, Historica launched a comprehensive veteran database for those who served in World War I. We are attempting to compile service, biographical, and genealogical data for servicemen, nurses (Army and Red Cross), SATC members, YMCA staff… The initial release includes data on nearly 65,000 individuals. The information includes:
2 Address (Street, City, County, State)
3 Date of Birth
4 Date of entering service
5 Date of Discharge
6 Service/serial numbers
7 Dates of Departure to, and return from, overseas
9 Units of service
11 Wound, KIA, MIA, and POW information
13 Date, Place, and Cause of Death
14 Place of Interment
15 Names of parents, siblings, spouses, children, and other relatives
16 Biographical information
18 Sources of the included data
19 Names of contributors
20 Names of those researching the veteran
21 Record update and revision dates
One should keep in mind that not all data is –or will be— available for every record. Just because some data is missing does not imply that does not exist; conversely, just because data is present does not imply that is exclusively complete. For example, if enlistment and discharge dates are included in an individual record, it does not mean that the subject did not re-enlist.
We have launched this resource as a means of honoring those who served in the Great War. It provides a way for us to recognize the service and contribution of the selfless men and women who defended the freedom in which they deeply believed and dearly loved.
If you have information that you would like to add to the database, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are accepting digital copies of veteran photos, letters, journals, service papers, news clippings, etc. All photos should be scanned with the highest resolution possible and all documents should be scanned at 300 dpi. If possible, please include a transcript of handwritten documents. We will not accept copyrighted materials. We also welcome additions and corrections to the information included in the database. Also let us know how you would like to be listed as a contributor (full name, initials, etc) and whether you would like to be listed as a researcher (with an email address) so that others may contact you.
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