I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting at the 80th Division Blue Ridge Veterans Association Reunion in Alexandria, Virginia in August 2016! This is the second reunion association which has booked me to speak . At the end of this month I will be in New Orleans speaking at the 104th Timberwolf Pups Association Reunion. At both I will present on researching WWII records and offer consultations.
Please contact me if you would like to book me to present at your World War II veterans reunion. I’m currently booking in 2016 and 2017.
© 2015 Jennifer Holik
I stumble upon the best books when I go searching library shelves for other books. Recently I found The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II by Robert Cressman.
This book documents day-by-day for the years 1941 – 1945, the accidents and sinking of Naval vessels in the war. Each day is in bold with accidents or sinkings listed by theater of war – Atlantic, Pacific Mediterranean. Within each category it names the vessel, where it was, what happened, and often, how many died or were declared missing.
This is a great resource to add context to the story of your sailor. Keep in mind that some vessels were hospital ships. If your soldier or Marine was on a hospital ship when it was sunk or hit, and he died or was listed as Missing In Action, you can find details in this book. It may add details to what you find in the Individual Deceased Personnel File on that soldier. The book contains a few photographs and an extensive appendix listing those in command of Naval bureaus or vessels and the dates they were in command.
I highly recommend this book as an additional resource to your World War II research. Check it out today!
© 2015 Jennifer Holik
When we conduct World War II research, we primarily focus on the documents we can locate. Researchers are encouraged to look through family letters, photographs, memorabilia, military uniforms and medals and other items for service history clues. But one item we often overlook is the phonograph record.
During the war, soldiers were able to go to USO Canteens and record themselves talking to their family and friends, on a record. The records were small and able to be mailed home. Can you imagine listening to the voice of your family’s World War II soldier, especially if he was Killed In Action?
One of my clients recently sent me recordings of his father from four records. It was incredibly moving to see the photographs of this soldier who died 13 March 1945 in Germany, while listening to him speak.
To learn more about these records and listen to one, visit the Smithsonian Postal Museum’s website.
Coming in October, the World War II Research and Writing Center! The World War II Research and Writing Center brings together a collection of resources to help people research and write the stories of U.S. soldiers during World War II. We accomplish this through toolboxes, forms and checklists, articles, newsletters, webinars, courses, and books. Sign-up for my WWII newsletter here.
© 2015, Jennifer Holik