The World War II Separation Notices Collection documents demographics, civilian life, and military service history for more than 250,000 men and women from across the state. After leaving the U.S. military, individuals received official documentation noting separation from their branch of service. The original separation notices were kept on file at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. A fire at the center on July 12, 1973, however, destroyed approximately 16 to 18 million personnel files, including those that documented service in World War II. Thankfully, Virginia’s employment commission copies of these forms had been transferred to the Library of Virginia in 1950, alleviating some of the record-loss distress caused by the St. Louis fire.
Army Separation Notices will be uploaded in several batches as the Army had the most service members and forms used in WWII. This portion of the collection contains Army Separation Qualification Records.