|Typical card from the New York State 1940 database. The yellow tab at the top signifies that this person was wounded in action.|
The red tab at the top signifies that this person was killed in action. (Courtesy DMNA)
The Army Times reports that volunteers at the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center have indexed and digitized 28,969 index cards for New York State soldiers called to active duty in the fall of 1940.
This collection was created when President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8551 on 26 Sep 1940, ordering members of the National Guard into active military duty. The men of the New York Division reported for duty less than three weeks later when they assembled at their various armories around the state on 15 Oct 1940.
The collection, organized alphabetically by last name, is available at this URL:
NYS Military Museum
Attn: Research Center
61 Lake Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Please be sure to include the name and serial number of the person you are interested in and your email address if applicable.
Volunteers around the country have spent many hours indexing these cards to make this information accessible online. Genealogists are grateful to:
Rick Bennett, Stokesdale, North Carolina
Greg Cusack, Scituate, Mass.
June Green, Tampa, Florida
Greta Hamilton, Webster Groves, Missouri
Jeff Henrikson, Delmar, NY
Karen Horn Jansen, Saratoga Springs, NY
Col. Jack Kennedy (USA Ret.), Elfers, FLorida
Mike Mansir, Ballston Spa, NY
Brian Parsons, Malta, NY
Shelby Patterson, Albany, NY
Bruce Scott, Albany, NY
Lisa Jelly Smith, Broadalbin, NY
Lynette Stilley, Hickory, North Carolina
Tammi Stock, Rensselaer, NY