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United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945
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Record Description
Record Type Prisoners of War
Collection years 1941-1945
Collection Series World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Data Files
National Archives Identifier 731002
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index of military personnel and civilians who were prisoners of the Japanese during World War II acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The index includes name, rank, service number, branch of service, source of information, unit information as available from parent unit to subordinate unit and notes. This collection covers the years 1941 to 1945.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Prisoners of War

  • Name
  • Service number
  • Rank
  • Unit
  • Arm of Service
  • Subordinate Unit, Assigned Unit and Parent Unit
  • POW camps notes
  • Event type

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

John W Smith United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese
Name John W Smith
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 1941-1945
Event Place Asia
Note Died on Arisan Maru on 10/24/44
Military Rank Private First Class
Service Number 290946
Military Service Branch United States Marine Corps
Assigned Military Unit 4th Marine Regiment
Subordinate Military Unit L Co 3rd Bn

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it will be helpful to know:

  • The name of soldier
  • The service number of the soldier
  • The service unit of the soldier

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the name, rank and service number to obtain a copy of their complete military file
  • Search for your ancestor in other records, such as census, vital, and probate records
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number

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