Service Records

New York Guard Monthly Rosters, 1940-1946

Original monthly rosters of officers and enlisted men for each unit of the New York Guard, 1940-1946. These bound forms list the current monthly strength of the units (by names of individuals) plus any new enlistments and soldiers dropped from the unit. The New York Guard was formed as the state military force when New York National Guard units were activated for federal service at the beginning of World War II.

The names on the below rosters have been indexed. Searching by a name is available here.

Register of Militia officers prior to 1858

This is a collection of index cards. The collection is separated into 85 sections. Each card lists last name, first name, rank, and unit. Each card also refers to a page in a resource called Register "B." The New York State Archives has Register B. More information on it can be found here.

Veteran Burial Locations

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Men who were federalized in 1940

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New York State Awards, Decorations, and Medals

New York State Awards, Decorations, and Medals


Medal of Honor Recipients Affiliated with New York

Medal Of Honor Recipients Affiliated With New York
The people who received these medals were all affliated with New York in some way: some were born here, some entered service here, others were born here, lived here and entered service here.​​​​​​​

Civil War Rosters

Rosters Of The New York Volunteers During The Civil War
These rosters were compiled by the New York State Adjutant General Office. They were published as a set of 43 volumes between 1893 and 1905. Their official titles are Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the Year ... : Registers of the [units numbers]. These should not be confused with the regular reports put out by the New York Adjutant General during the same period.

15th/369th Regiment Enlistment Cards, 1920-1949

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27th Division Collections

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Adjutant General Reports, 1858-1995

The New York State Adjutant General Reports are the reports given to the New York State Legislature by the head of the New York National Guard, the Adjutant General, or AG. Most years listed all of the officers in the NYNG and their unit affiliations; many years have a name index.


New York National Guardsman, 1924-1940

The New York National Guardsman was a magazine published monthly from April, 1924 to August, 1940 when much of the New York National Guard was federalized for duty. It is a good source of photographs and biographical information on higher-ranking officers.

World War I Yearbooks

These 'yearbooks' of the 27th Infantry Division's infantry regiments were published while training at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina.

World War II Yearbooks

Pictorial history, Twenty-Seventh Division, United States Army, 1940-1941.  (Army-Navy Publishers  -- Atlanta, Ga.: Army-Navy Publishers, Inc., 1941).
A name index is here.

Finding Aids

Buffalo Armory (PDF File)

Buffalo Armory
This series of records relate to the New York National Guard and New York Guard units stationed in Buffalo, N.Y. from 1851 to 1969. The series contains company journals, descriptive books, duty rosters, order books, financial records, muster rolls, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and other records dealing with the operation of the company.

Kenneth H. Powers Collection (PDF File)

Kenneth H. Powers Collection
Kenneth Powers, Historian of the 69th Regiment, created this collection of material about the 69th  Regiment and several military units, including the 165th, 105th,  7th, 9th, 14th, Squadron A and other regiments, the National Guard, 27th and 42nd Divisions as well as other units.

Kingston Armory Collection (156th Field Artillery)

Kingston Armory Collection
Materials relating to the 156th New York Field Artillery Regiment 1882 - 1993 [bulk 1940s-1993].

Malone Armory Archives

Malone Armory Archives
This series of records relate to the New York National Guard and New York Guard units stationed in Malone, N.Y. from 1878 to 1947.  The series contains company journals, descriptive books, duty rosters, order books, financial records, photographs and other records dealing with the operation of the company.  Included is a large group of military personnel records jackets from 1917 to 1948. These record jackets contain an individual soldier’s service record, enlistment record, discharge information, marksmanship record, descriptive list, etc.

10th Regiment Collection

Bound Books
Unbound Records 
Materials, dated from 1881 - 1952, removed from the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany, New York. Also included is information related to the 10th Infantry Division, New York National Guard; the 207th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) Group, New York National Guard; and the 51st Pioneer Infantry, US Army during World War One.

Search our catalog/collections

This will allow you to search our library databases of published materials, photographs, archival collections, sheet music, as well as our oral history database. A separate database will let you search our roster database of nearly 500,000 names.

Veteran's Oral History Project

Established by the Governor on Veterans' Day, 2000, the New York State Veteran Oral History Program involves professional military historians using the latest digital technology to preserve the story of New York's Veterans—in their own words—now and for all generations to come.

The program is concentrating on the state's sizable World War II Veteran community; however, we are also collecting the experiences of veterans of all periods and services.

Additional Resources

Our records are primarily related to the New York National Guard, therefore, we little or no information on federal installations and/or personnel who served in the US forces (Army, Navy, Marines, etc.).

There are additional resources listed with each of the units within the Unit History section of this website. You can also contact the local public library, historical society, city historian and county historian where the unit was raised.

New York Heritage

New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totalling hundreds of thousands of items.

The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more.

New York Heritage is a project of the Empire State Library Network.

NYNG Records

CATEGORY 1: Records for Active Duty Service
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63132-5100

or visit the National Archives and Records Administration web site
NOTE: A major fire at the National Personnel Records Center in 1973 destroyed nearly 80% of Army records 1912-1960, and 75% of Air Force records 1947-1964. Alternate Sources are available for finding personnel information from these time periods.

CATEGORY 2: Records for NY Army National Guard or NY Air National Guard members discharged within the past 60 years
Department of the Army
ATTN: MNP, Building 25
New York Army National Guard
1 Buffington Street
Watervliet, NY 12189-4000
Mr. Steven Essex, (518) 272-6438

You may also use form SF180, available from the National Archive web site
Although it is possible, use of the FOIA/FOIL request form to request military records is discouraged due to personal information (such as SSN) being transferred over an unsecured email network.

CATEGORY 3: Records for Former NY Army or Air National Guard Soldiers discharged over 60 years ago.
NYS Archives and Records Administration (SARA)
Cultural Education Center, Room 11D40
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-8955

NOTE: Personnel records over 60 years old are routinely destroyed. Some records and unit musters, etc., are available here or by emailing

More information can be found here:
See How to Obtain Personnel Records

To obtain personnel records for New York National Guard Members contact:
between 1947 and 1994
Steve Essex:
phone: 518.272.6438

Deb Kohler
phone: (518) 786-6073

SGT Hulett
phone: (518) 272-3988

New York State Archives

New York State Archives
New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-6926

National Archives and Records Administration

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20408

The Army Heritage & Education Center

US Army Center of Military History
103 Third Avenue
Ft. McNair, DC 20319-5058
Voice: 202.685.2704
Fax: 202.685.4570

US Army Center of Military History

The Army Heritage & Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 245-3971

The VA administration, NYS Division of Veteran Affairs

The VA administration
NYS Division of Veteran Affairs
100 Saratoga Village Blvd.
Suite 13C
Malta, NY 12020
1-888-VETS NYS (1-888-838-7697)

The Naval Historical Center

The Naval Historical Center
Naval Historical Center
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060

United States Marine Corps

Marine Corps Education Command
Marine Corps University
History Division
3079 Moreell Avenue
Quantico, Virginia 22134
(703) 432-4874

Air Force History Office

Air Force Historical Support Division
2822 Doherty Dr. SW, Suite 404
Joint Base Anacostia Bolling
Washington, DC  20373-5899

Air Force Historical Research Agency

Air Force Historical Research Agency
600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
(334) 953-5697
(334) 953-2240

National Museum of the United States Air Force

National Museum of the United States Air Force
Public Affairs Division, 1100 Spaatz St.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 45433-7102
(937) 255-4704


We understand that some individuals have had success locating former members of the Armed Forces by placing advertisements in publications of various veterans organizations such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which have special columns for reunion purposes.

The 27th Division has an official newsletter, the Orion Gallivanter. They often sponsor reunions. Their contact information is:
The 27th Division Association
PO Box 2522
Syracuse, NY 13220-2522
Roberta Comerford is the secretary. Her contact information is:
Roberta Comerford
The 27th Division Association
PO Box 2522
Syracuse, NY 13220-2522

New York City

New York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
For general information, call: (212) 873-3400

New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018-2788
(917) 275-6975

DMNA Public Affairs Office

Division of Military and Naval Affairs Press Office