Knox, Debra Johnson. World War II Military Records: A Family Historian’s Guide.

Spartanburg, SC: MIE Publishing, 2003. 360p., softcover. Index, illus. $23.95. ISBN 1-877639-91-5. (PO Box 17118, Spartanburg, SC 29301 / Web: <www.militaryusa.com>)

Knox is a professional private investigator and the author of two previous and well-regarded books, Find Anyone Fast and How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military. In this volume, she attempts a comprehensive guide for both the novice and the experienced researcher attempting to discover information on a veteran of the Second World War. (Though the realization that WWII is now not only history but “genealogy” may be a little unsettling to some of us.) Like the author, I’m an army brat, the son a career officer who saw service in three wars as well as several decades of peacetime assignments. And, as an historian, librarian, and archivist, I naturally went looking for what had been omitted or misinterpreted in this volume.

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