World Archives Project: United Sates, War Department, Press Releases and Related Records, 1942-1945

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About this project This collection contains press releases and related records from the United States War Department from 1942-1945. These press releases were forwarded to various newspapers for publication in the United States and include the personal stories and army awards of soldiers serving overseas.

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Army Awards
Press Release

Army Awards

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Choose "army awards" form type when the image contains "Army Awards" in the title or when the image has a list of soldiers receiving awards under a state heading. The awards may span several pages.

Rank

Key the Rank as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, rank may appear before or after the name. See image on wiki for clarification.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Do Not key any commanding officers of the primary person/persons for whom you are keying.
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Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Do Not key any commanding officers of the primary person/persons for whom you are keying.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Do Not key any commanding officers of the primary person/persons for whom you are keying.
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Age

Key the age as seen on the record. If present, age will often follow the name of a person and be in numeric form. Age may also proceed the words "year-old". Example: "The 28-year-old sergeant". See image on wiki for clarification.Valid ages include numeric digits between "0" and "120".
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Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, birth place may be determined by the word "born". Geographical locations should be separated with a comma.
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Residence City

Key the residence city as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, residence city may be found following the name, rank, company, and street address of the person being keyed. Not all of this information is always present. See image samples for clarification.
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Residence State

Key the residence state as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Residence state will usually be found in all capital letters at the beginning of a section of soldiers names.
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Spouse Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," for the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field. If present, Spouse name may be found following the words "Next of kin" and or proceeding keywords such as "Widow" or "spouse".
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Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, Spouse name may be found following the words "Next of kin" and or proceeding keywords such as "Widow" or "spouse".
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Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only key the spouse name IF the given name is different than the primary person! Name will appear in [given-surname] format.If present, Spouse name may be found following the words "Next of kin" and or proceeding keywords such as "Widow" or "spouse".
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Father Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, Father name may be found following the word "Next of kin" and or proceeding the keyword "father".
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Father Surname

Key the surname of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, Father name may be found following the word "Next of kin" and or proceeding the keyword "father".
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Mother Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Mr", "Mrs", "Rev", or "Dr", of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field. If present, mother name may be found following the word "Next of kin" and or proceeding the keyword "mother".
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Mother Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, mother name may be found following the word "Next of kin" and or proceeding the keyword "mother".
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Mother Surname

Key the surname of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, mother name may be found following the word "Next of kin" and or proceeding the keyword "mother".
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Death Day

Key the day from the death date as seen on the record. If present, death date will follow or proceed the words "Killed in action", "died" or "death". Death date will be in [month-day-year] format.
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Death Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the death date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. If present, death date will follow or proceed the words "Killed in action", "died" or "death". Death date will be in [month-day-year] format.
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Death Year

Key the year from the death date as seen on the record. If present, death date will follow or proceed the words "Killed in action", "died" or "death". Death date will be in [month-day-year] format.
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Event Day

Key the day from the document date as seen on the record. If present, document date will appear in the top right of the record. If there is no date in the top right, an event date may be taken from the body of the text if present other than the death date. Document date will be in [day-month-year] format.
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Event Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the document date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. If present, document date will appear in the top right of the record. If there is no date in the top right, an event date may be taken from the body of the text if present other than the death date. Document date will be in [day-month-year] format.
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Event Year

Key the year from the document date as seen on the record. If present, document date will appear in the top right of the record. If there is no date in the top right, an event date may be taken from the body of the text if present other than the death date. Document date will be in [day-month-year] format.
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Press Release

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Choose "press release" form type when the image contains names to be keyed embedded in a press release. The press release will be a news story.

Rank

Key the Rank as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, rank may appear before or after the name. See image on wiki for clarification.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Do Not key any commanding officers of the primary person/persons for whom you are keying.
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Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Do Not key any commanding officers of the primary person/persons for whom you are keying.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Do Not key any commanding officers of the primary person/persons for whom you are keying.
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Age

Key the age as seen on the record. If present, age will often follow the name of a person and be in numeric form. Age may also proceed the words "year-old". Example: "The 28-year-old sergeant". See image on wiki for clarification.Valid ages include numeric digits between "0" and "120".
See Example

Birth Place

Key the birth place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, birth place may be determined by the word "born". Geographical locations should be separated with a comma.
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Residence City

Key the residence city as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, residence city may be determined by using keywords such as "from", "of the" or "lives at". Example: "Bartholomew Mooney, 27, a Doughboy from New York City"
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Residence State

Key the residence state as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. If present, residence state may be found following the residence city. It will usually be in abbreviated format. Key as seen, do not expand abbreviation.
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Spouse Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," for the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field. If present, spouse name will follow or proceed the word "spouse", "wife" or "widow".
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Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, spouse name will follow or proceed the word "spouse", "wife" or "widow".
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Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only key the spouse name IF the given name is different than the primary person! Name will appear in [given-surname] format.If present, spouse name will follow or proceed the word "spouse", "wife" or "widow"
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Father Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Father name may be determined using keyword "father". See image samples for clarification.
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Father Surname

Key the surname of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. Father name may be determined using keyword "father". See image samples for clarification.
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Mother Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Mr", "Mrs", "Rev", or "Dr", of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field. If present, mother name will follow or proceed the word "mother".
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Mother Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, mother name will follow or proceed the word "mother".
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Mother Surname

Key the surname of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name will appear in [given-surname] format. If present, mother name will follow or proceed the word "mother".
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Death Day

Key the day from the death date as seen on the record. If present, death date will follow or proceed the words "Killed in action", "died" or "death". Death date will be in [month-day-year] format.
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Death Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the death date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. If present, death date will follow or proceed the words "Killed in action", "died" or "death". Death date will be in [month-day-year] format.
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Death Year

Key the year from the death date as seen on the record. If present, death date will follow or proceed the words "Killed in action", "died" or "death". Death date will be in [month-day-year] format.
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Event Day

Key the day from the document date as seen on the record. If present, document date will appear in the top right of the record. If there is no date in the top right, an event date may be taken from the body of the text if present other than the death date. Document date will be in [day-month-year] format.
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Event Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the document date using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. If present, document date will appear in the top right of the record. If there is no date in the top right, an event date may be taken from the body of the text if present other than the death date. Document date will be in [day-month-year] format.
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Event Year

Key the year from the document date as seen on the record. If present, document date will appear in the top right of the record. If there is no date in the top right, an event date may be taken from the body of the text if present other than the death date. Document date will be in [day-month-year] format.
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