The World War I Military Service Cards database is a transcription of over 145,000 service cards of army and marine soldiers from Missouri between 1917 and 1919. Containing a wealth of information, information on these 4 x 6 service cards include:
- Serial Number
- Place and date of enlistment
- Place of birth and age or date of birth
- Wounds or other injuries
- Dates of overseas service
- Date of discharge
Originally created for the purpose of collecting historical and statistical information, these cards were prepared by abstracting information from the soldiers' service records. The cards were maintained by the Adjutant General until their transfer to the Missouri State Archives.
The World War I Service Card Database can be searched by entering all or part of a name. It is recommended to enter just the last name. The search engine is designed to search for keywords. Entering "clark" will find records containing the first or last name of "Clark", "Clarke", or "Clarkson."