Arizona Military Records

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford and Nell Sachse Woodard for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The Arizona Historical Society has a good collection of government records, including the records of each of the frontier military posts in Arizona, and quartermaster records relating to supply, construction, and equipment of Arizona military posts. The collection has been microfilmed and cross-filed in their card catalog. Members of the society will consult the catalog and supply copies of their materials for a small fee.

State military records are housed at the Arizona State Adjutant General's Office, 5636 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85008.

There is one roll of NARA microfilm (M532) of the Union Army Volunteers of the Civil War and one roll for Confederate service (M318). These are available on microfilm at the FHL, along with the WWI Draft Registration Cards (1917'18). See also: Melton, Brad and Dan Smith, eds., Arizona Goes to War: The Home Front and the Front Lines During World War II (Tucson: University of Arizona, 1995). This work documents the growth of military installations all over the state as thousands of airmen trained and soldiers bound for North Africa came to train in the desert. Also documented is the story of the Native Americans who registered for the draft in record numbers and the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans in desert detention centers. The war transformed Arizona probably more than any other state. has a variety of collections available for free online:

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