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Original Records

Federal military records from the Revolutionary War to 1912 are available at the National Archives:

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001
Telephone: 202-357-5000
Customer Service Center Telephone: 1-866-325-7208
Order record reproductions online

Military records from World War I to the present are held at the National Military Personnel Records Center:

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63138
Telephone:   314-801-0800
Status Check:
Request military service records (Note: only the veteran and/or next-of-kin can request service records with a post-1952 discharge date. Pre-1952 discharge dates are open to anyone)

Indiana Territorial Militia records, Indiana State Militia records, and various state-related military records are held by the Indiana State Archives:

Indiana State Archives
6440 East 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219-1007

Many of these records are available online through the Indiana Digital Archives

Military Resources by Subject

LaPorte County & Northwest Indiana

Revolutionary War

Post-Revolution & War of 1812

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Persian Gulf/Iraq/Afghanistan

Microfilm at the Library

LaPorte County Enlistment Records of Soldiers, 1919-1932 – Includes surname index. Three microfilm readers are available for free public use in the Reference Department. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you have any questions. Copies are $0.15 a page. Also available through FamilySearch.

LaPorte County Soldier’s Discharge Records, 1865-1898 – Contains a record of honorable discharges from U.S. military service, showing dates of enlistment, discharge, and recording; name, age, rank, color, address, and service record of veterans; physical condition when discharged; marital status; etc. Also available through FamilySearch.

Three microfilm readers are available for free public use in the Reference Department. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you have any questions. Copies are $0.15 a page.

Online Resources

Genealogy Research in Military Records – A short guide from the National Archives

National Personnel Records Center – Military Personnel Records

Indiana Digital Archives – Early military records

LaPorte County, Indiana Veterans – LaPorte County INGenWeb

Enlistment Record of Soldiers, 1919-1932, La Porte County – FamilySearch

Soldier’s Discharge Record, v. 1, 1865-1898, La Porte County – FamilySearch

Michigan City Military Monuments Tour

Fold3 – Military records database by the company

Ancestry Library Edition – Available within the library

HeritageQuest – Log in at home with your library card number. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now to get an eCard.

Military Personnel – National Archives

Casualty Lists – National Archives

VA National Cemetery Gravesite Locator

Foreign Burial of American War Dead – Fold3

Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Air Force Historical Research Agency

Naval History & Heritage Command

Marines: History & Heritage

U.S. Army Center of Military History

U.S. Coast Guard History

Cyndi’s List U.S. Military Links

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