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Hawaii Resources

Time lines can be helpful to understand what could have happened around the time a person enlisted or was drafted. What battles took place they could have been involved in; When different parts of Europe were involved in the war? What was happening at sea?

The History Place   http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/firstworldwar/index.html

PBS ‘The Great War’ http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/timeline/ 

National World War I Museum and Memorial https://www.theworldwar.org/explore/interactive-wwi-timeline

American Battle Monuments Commission interactive timeline https://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/interactive/interactive_files/WW1/index.html

The following are data bases with reliable information on persons, places, vessels.

  • National World War I Museum and Memorial  https://www.theworldwar.org/explore/online-collections-database
  • US Navy: Naval History & Heritage Command; digitized collections
  • https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/manuscripts/manuscript-index.html

  • American Battle Monuments Commission: link to information on burials and MIA at National Memorial cemeteries in Europe & US.   https://www.abmc.gov/
  • click on Cemeteries & Memorials to find a list of titles; those with one blue star are World War I locations 

    If you already have the name of the deceased, click on Search /  ABMC Burials; notice the heading “War/Conflict” with option to check “World War I”

  • DOD Nationwide Gravesite Locator [if you have the veteran’s name] http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/
  • The Navy Memorial http://navylog.navymemorial.org/  has several data bases and search options
  • Merchant Marines [civilian shipping workers] were not enlisted but were in battle conditions even before the U.S. entered World War I and many were lost 
  • see Merchant Marine in World War I http://www.usmm.org/ww1.html  for lists of ships sunk or damaged  http://www.usmm.org/ww1merchant.html  lists don’t name sailors but note date, place, and number of casualties; can help in early stages of your search

  • Family Search [birth, death & other info collected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from public sources worldwide] http://www.familysearch.org/  click on Search; at “Search Historical Records” roll down until you see “Restrict records by:” and click on Type; then check “Military” box  
  • Filipino Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii, has scanned and made searchable records the Territory of Hawaii created to document World War I military service by Hawaii residents. http://efilarchives.org/efil_home.htm choose 'Collections' / then choose WWI Service Records.  Records are grouped alphabetically.  Included records are of all Hawaii recruits - Filipinos and non-Filipinos - who entered the U.S. military during WWI. Some Navy and Army files are still being added, so if you don’t find your person, look at other sources.
  • Americans lost in service with allies: Some men went to war by joining United Kingdom forces prior to the US entry into the war. British Records are provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a British version of the American Battle Monuments Commission  http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx  Notice the option “Please Select” – opposite the tab War, choose First World War.
  • Ancestry.com has a timeline and many military records but is a subscription service. There are too many to list all but included are World War I Draft Registration Cards and British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 and casualty listings.
  • GenealogyBank.com has military records but is a subscription service.  
  • Fold3 is a subscription web site that specializes in military records.  https://www.fold3.com/  on the main page, roll down and click on “World War I”, there are many options. 

NOTE: most subscription services will let you look for free; that tells you a record exists; you may be able to access it elsewhere without paying; or decide to subscribe but at least knowing there’s something you want

Rosies MomRosie's mom: forgotten women workers of the First World War  by Carrie Brown.

Boston : Northeastern University Press, ©2002.

World War II Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder posters remind us women contributed to the 1940s war effort, the women workers of World War I are nearly forgotten. Rosie's mom tells the story of women of an earlier generation  of American women contributing to the war effort. Trading ankle-length skirts and crisp shirtwaists for bloomers or overalls, went into munition plants to face explosives, toxic chemicals, powerful metal-cutting machines, and sullen hostility of the shops' men. By war's end more than a million American women were involved in war production. Not only proving women could work in technical fields, but forcing hazardous industries to adopt new health and safety measures. And they made a powerful argument for women's voting rights. In telling these women's story, Rosie's mom explores their lives and work, leaders and defenders, accomplishments and bitter disappointments. 

available in UH Manoa, Hilo and Leeward college libraries on order in the Hawaii State Library system 



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Contact: Hawaii@WorldWar1Centennial.org

Task Force Members

Hawaii WWI Commemoration
Governor David Y. Ige
Honorary Chairman

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Ken Ito, House Dist. 49

Rep. Bob McDermott, Dist. 40


Hawaii WWI Centennial Task Force
Arthur Tulak, COL (Ret), USA

Task Force Chairman
Ben Acohido Col (Ret), USA
VFW Previous State Commander

Chuck Anthony, Lt Col, HIANG
Hawaii DOD Public Affairs

Les Bise LTC (Ret) USA
Military Order of World Wars

Brenden Bliss
Instructor, Hawaii Pacific University

Donna L. Ching
Task Force Vice Chair

Stan Fernandez, CMSgt (Ret), USAF
VFW Previous State Commander

Charlie Harrington, Harrington Publishing

Alex Holowicki, 
UH Maui College Dept. of History

Gordon Lee
Kau Tom American Legion Post #11

Ron Lockwood, USMC (Ret), Commander Waikiki VFW Post

Anita Manning
Task Force Historian
(Elks Lodge 616)

Curtis Manchester, LTC (Ret) USAR
Military Order of Foreign Wars

Catherine Miloni,
Events Committee Chair
Aloha Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

William Parker, CMSgt, HIANG
Senior Enlisted Advisor, HING

Denis Salle,
Honorary Consul-General, Federal Republic of Germany

Jeffrey Allen Smith, Associate Professor UH Hilo

Fred Wong,
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8616

Ron Han, Col (Ret), HIANG
Director, HI State Office of Veterans' Services


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