Source Information

Ancestry.com. Iowa, World War II Bonus Case Files, 1947-1954 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: WWII Bonus Case Files. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.

About Iowa, World War II Bonus Case Files, 1947-1954

In May 1947, the Iowa Legislature approved bonus payments of up to $500 for men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces between 16 September 1940 and 2 September 1945. To qualify, applicants had to be legal residents of Iowa for at least the six months prior to their service. This database contains applications for those payments.

Along with name, birth date and place, place of residence for six months prior to enlistment or induction, and address where a check could be sent, forms may provide a wide variety of details related to the applicant’s service:

  • applicant’s service or serial number
  • name the applicant served under
  • date of entry into and separation from active service
  • credit for foreign service
  • school attendance during service
  • time lost to AWOL, desertion, confinement
  • branch of service
  • address at time registered for Selective Service
  • application made to any other state for compensation
  • units served in during WWII

The forms in this database were filled out by veterans. Beneficiaries could also apply for the payments, but did so using a separate form. Those forms will be added to this database in the future.