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27th Division
World War Two
Men who were federalized in 1940

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:

Sample of card

Each card was 6 inches wide and 4 inches high.
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.

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
     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

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.
Please be sure to include the name and serial number of the person you are interested in and your email address if applicable.


New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: April 6, 2012

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