We regularly receive requests via this website on how to find information about veterans of the 3rd Armored Division and the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment in particular.
It is beyond the scope of this website, and the knowledge and abilities of the members to obtain detailed information about a particular veteran, however there are some resources available, and a few things we can help with.
We have a copy of the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment "Personnel Directory" which was privately published in November 1945. This booklet lists the name and address of all known members of the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, including those that died in the line of service. That is all the information it contains, and was intended mainly as a means to facilitate other unit members trying to contact their buddies.
We will gladly look up the name of any veteran believed to have served in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment in World War II. In order to do so, we need to know the veteran's rank, full name, hometown (if known) and the company to which he was assigned (if known).
We also have a copy of the "History of the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment" in WWII. This was also privately published after the end of the war. It does not provide any specifics about members of the unit, but might be of interest if you want to know what happened on a particular day. It is several hundred pages long, so no, we cannot send you a copy. Here is a link to a website where you can download a copy:
There are a number of websites and agencies that can assist in your search. Before you begin, you wiull need to gather as much of the following information as possible:
Veteran's Full name, including middle name
Date of birth
Date of death (if applicable)
Army Service Number ("serial number")
Social Security Account Number
Dates of service (date entered the service and date left the service)
Address at the time he entered the service
Address at the time he left the service
In addition to the websites listed, you might try checking closer to home.
Many veteran's were advised to register their discharge papers with the county clerk's office, and it may be worth a check with the records department of your county seat. Many veteran's used the "GI Bill" to purchase homes and business, and information regarding loans and real estate transactions may also be on file with the county, and possibly local banks and mortgage lenders.
Most states have a veteran's department that maintains records of veterans from that state, and also state veteran's home loans. Some states have local veteran's service offices, usually located near the county seat.
Many veteran's and fraternal organizations provide various veteran's services, and may have information on file, or be able to help you with advice and procedures, particularly if the veteran was a member of that organization. Thes organizations might include the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), etc.
Another good place to start is with surviving firends or family members - brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, children and grandchildren of the veteran. Many veterans did not talk much about their service, but sometimes they did if they sensed some interest or a connection with a particular family member. Veterans will often share information or artifacts with other family members who also served in the armed forces because they think that family member will "understand" while other, non-veteran family members will not.
Below are a few websites that might help you in your search. Please be sure to check the links pages of the websites for other websites that might help you in your search.
National Archives - Access to Military Service and Pension Records:
Nationwide Gravesite Locator - for veterans buried in the U.S. For those buried overseas, check the American Battle Monuments Commission website listed below.
Getting Military Medals You Earned
VetFriends.com - Military Veteran Locator
VetsHome - Veteran-related information and links
Insitute of Medicine - Health of Veterans
American Battle Monuments Commission - World War II Roll of Honor, Gravesite Locator, etc.
3rd Armored Division Websites:
Association of 3rd Amored Division Veterans
3rd Armored Division History Website
3rd Armored Division Association
3rd Armored Division Association Archives