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US World War II Prisoners of War, 1941 - 1946

143,376 records
This collection includes information about U.S. military officers and soldiers and U.S. and some Allied civilians who were prisoners of war between December 7 1941 and November 19 1946. Using copies of reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the agency produced records on U.S. military and civilian prisoners of war and internees, as well as for some Allied internees.

The record for each prisoner provides serial number, personal name, branch of service or civilian status, grade, date reported, race, state of residence, type of organization, parent unit number and type, place of capture (theater of war), source of report, status, detaining power, and prisoner of war or civilian internee camp site. Records of prisoners of the Japanese who died also document whether the prisoner was on a Japanese ship that sank or if he or she died during transport from the Philippine Islands to Japan. There are no records for some prisoners of war whose names appear in the lists or cables transmitted to the Office of the Provost Marshal General by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Source: War Department. Adjutant General's Office. (3/4/1907 - 9/18/1947). (Most Recent) Series from Record Group 389: Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General Other Titles: W.D. A.G.O. FORM NO. 0326.

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