|Unit History Project|
On September 25, 1940, a full year before Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8551 which Ordered Certain Units and Members of the National Guard of the United States Into the Active Military Service of the United States. This included men of the 27th Division, the New York Division. These men reported for duty less than three weeks later when they assembled at their various armories around the state on October 15, 1940.
One collection in the New York State Military Museum is a collection of index cards with the name of every soldier who was called to active duty in the fall of 1940. This collection has 28,969 cards.
This is what a typical card looked like:
Each card was 6 inches wide and 4 inches high.
Some cards have additional information on the back. However, that information was not captured in the spreadsheets generated. This information typically was additional enlistment / discharge dates.
Volunteers working throughout New York state and the country have spent many hours indexing these cards so that the general public can access this information over the web. The museum would like to thank the volunteers who made this possible:
Joseph Anniello, Albany, NY
The collection is organized alphabetically by last name.
Here is the entire spreadsheet in an Micrsoft Excel format.
If you would like a scanned copy emailed to you or a photocopy mailed to you please send a check for $3.00 made payable to DMNA to: NYS Military Museum, Attn: Research Center, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military