American Graves Registration in WWII

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Learn about the Graves Registration Service during World War I and World War II. This section provides resources to understand their job, the records they created, and what happened to our military personnel when they were Killed In Action, were Missing In Action, or died during service. Read about current MIA recovery efforts here.

Need help understanding the history of the Graves Registration Service and the records they created, including the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF)? We have a book, Finding the Answers in the Individual Deceased Personnel File that can help!

We also have a 10- week online course Finding the Answers in the IDPF.

World War I

A Living Memorial. The American Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne (ABMC Publication)

The Beginnings of the Quartermaster Graves Registration Service

Thesis: Establishing the American Way of Death

World War I Education – World War I Burial Files

WWI Graves Registration Card Registers


World War II

American Battle Monuments Commission

Bibliography of Graves Registration Resources



Cemetery Codes Word document created by the 7th Armored Division

In Honored Glory

WWII Graves Registration

Memorial Former American Cemetery at Foy, Belgium

Missing Marines

The National Archives

National Cemetery Administration

New York Military Museum’s Database of World War II Dead

The Quartermaster Foundation

Quartermaster Graves Registration Service

U.S. Army Film

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Veteran’s Affairs

Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker  

WWII Army and Air Force Casualty List on Fold3

WWII US Medical Research Centre 

On the other side of the war, to learn about German WWI and WWII Dead and Prisoners, read the article on Many Roads.

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